Djokovic's mother says tennis star 'mentally very stable'
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Novak Djokovic was pictured maskless at a public event one day after his supposed positive Covid test in December. The Serb’s lawyers are reportedly planning to use the test in question to validate his medical exemption, which was originally thought would allow him into Australia and compete at this month’s Australian Open.
Djokovic is still being held in a Melbourne detention centre after his visa was cancelled upon arrival into the country.
The 34-year-old has vocally opposed being jabbed and has refused to reveal his vaccination status in the past.
His camp believed that a medical exemption would allow him entry into Australia, although border officials asked for greater clarification on the exemption.
Djokovic has won the Australian Open on nine separate occasions, including the last three consecutive tournaments.
He could face deportation on Monday when the appeal against his visa cancellation gets underway.
On Saturday, court documents revealed that a positive PCR test on December 16 was the basis of his medical exemption to enter Australia.
The exemption was granted just before the new year by two separate, independent medical panels.
But public outcry has once again started in light of pictures that showed Djokovic maskless at a public event, posted to his Twitter profile on December 17, one day after his supposed positive test.
Djokovic was attending an event to commemorate his own postal stamp, and he was later present at the Tennis Association of Belgrade for an award ceremony.
Onlookers now question whether he ignored isolation rules after testing positive, or whether his positive test was legitimate to begin with.
His infection was recorded by the Institute of Public Health of Serbia, according to reports.
While authorities prepare to hear Djokovic’s case before arriving at a verdict, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will remain at the detention centre in Melbourne, something Czech player Renata Voracova also experienced when her Australian visa was revoked.
Before leaving the country, she told DNES and Sport: “I’m in a room and I can’t go anywhere.
“My window is shut tight, I can’t open it five centimetres.
“And there are guards everywhere, even under the window, which is quite funny. Maybe they thought I would jump and run away.
“They bring me food and there’s a guard in the corridor. You have to report, everything is rationed. I feel a bit like in prison.”
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