World No. 1 Novak Djokovic explained his whereabouts after his positive COVID-19 test after the shambles of a situation he found himself in.
Djokovic’s vaccine situation has taken an ugly turn in the last few days. Having won the case against the Australian government and getting the clearance to play at the Australian Open, it has spiralled into a fiasco.
The Serbian apparently tested positive on 16 December. Under normal protocol, he was supposed to isolate immediately after getting the result. However, he was spotted at events after said date, throwing his entire defence up for a toss.
In a bid to clear his name, Djokovic explained his whereabouts after his positive COVID-19 test, justifying his position amidst the controversy.
In a six-part post on his Instagram account, the 20-time Grand Slam winner said that he wanted to “address the continuing misinformation” about his attendance at events after 16 December.
He revealed that he took the rapid antigen test, which returned a negative result. This was after he attended a basketball game in Belgrade, where a number of people has been positive. Then he took the PCR test.
The problems started when he attended a tennis event after he apparently tested positive for COVID. He presented trophies to children, a move that earned him the ire of everyone in the tennis community.
Although the Serbian claimed he took a rapid antigen test that turned out to be negative and was thus innocent, the subsequent PCR test he took turned out to be positive.
The interview he did with L’Equipe while being positive also drew significant flak. Djokovic defended his decision to give it, saying that he had a “long-standing commitment” with the publication, and that he wore a mask the entire time except for photos. He later admitted, however, that it was “an error of judgement”.
“We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur,” he said, as quoted by RNZ.