LSerbian tennis star Novak Djokovic denounced “disinformation” on Wednesday about his appearances in public despite a positive PCR test for Covid-19 on December 16. To dispel this “misinformation” which he considers “very hurtful” for his family, Djokovic explained, in a text posted on Instagram, that he had not yet received the result of his test, carried out the day before, at the time. of a meeting with young tennis players on December 17th.
The world number one in tennis has also admitted to having committed a “human error, certainly not deliberate” by wrongly declaring on his arrival in Australia not to have traveled during the 14 days preceding his flight. The short superstar also admitted, in the text published on Instagram, an “error of judgment” by receiving in person a journalist from the French daily The team on December 18, when he knew he was sick from Covid-19, but he assured to have “respected social distancing and wore a mask”.
But the doubts around the attitude of the champion remain numerous. According to the German weekly Der Spiegel, the PCR test provided by the player’s entourage before his entry into Australia was allegedly falsified. On the photocopy of Djokovic’s test, which was released to the press on Monday, the date indicated is December 16. But, according to the Spiegel, which has partnered with an independent data analysis site, this test would actually have been taken on December 26, ten days later.
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According to The Parisian, which summarizes what Spiegel said, the QR codes of the tests carried out in Serbia contain a Unix identification number, which allows the test concerned to be located in time. However, according to these data, Novak Djokovic’s only positive test is dated December 26. Another test, this time negative, was carried out on December 22. According to this information, the player and his team would therefore have backdated the PCR test by ten days, in order to facilitate his entry into Australia.
Indeed, according to a document from the Australian Tennis Federation, a player wishing to participate in the Australian Open must, upon entering the territory, present a negative test of at least 14 days. A delay that may have worried those around the player, fearing that a negative test on December 22 was too short. It would also explain why he was seen in public and without a mask on several occasions on December 17, the day after his alleged December 16 test.