What we know: Novak Djokovic and the Australian Open timeline


The tennis star left the country on Sunday after the decision to cancel his visa for the second time was upheld.

Here is a timeline of all the events.

Djokovic is granted a temporary Australian entry visa to attend the Australian Open, a tournament the 34-year-old has won nine times. Djokovic applied for the visa in October or November 2021.

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has reportedly written to Australian Open Tournament Director and CEO of Tennis Australia Craig Tiley stating that only one Covid-19 infection in the last six months – without fully vaccinated – does not meet the requirements for quarantine-free entry into the country, according to a leaked letter published in Australian local media.

December 2021

Tennis Australia have reportedly sent a letter to players stating that a Covid-19 infection within the last six months, along with an accompanying letter from a doctor, would be considered a valid medical exemption; and noting that players have until December 10 to submit their medical waiver requests, according to a leaked letter published in Australian local media.

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Djokovic attends a basketball game in Belgrade – after which it was reported that a number of people had tested positive for Covid-19 – according to a statement posted to Djokovic’s verified Instagram account on January 12, 2021.

Djokovic takes a rapid antigen test – which is negative – and also takes an official, approved PCR test “out of an abundance of caution”, according to Djokovic’s statement.

Djokovic’s PCR test result came back positive later that day, according to a copy of his test result in his affidavit, but his Jan. 12 statement says he only received notification of a PCR test result. positive only after a tennis event on December 17.

Later, he is photographed at two events, according to images posted on his foundation’s official social media, and none of the attendees are masked.

Djokovic in action during the Davis Cup semi-final between Serbia and Croatia in Madrid in December 2020.

Djokovic attends a tennis event in Belgrade to present prizes to children, having previously taken a rapid antigen test, which was negative, according to Djokovic’s statement.

The Belgrade Tennis Association’s Facebook page publishes various photos of Djokovic pictured alongside a group of youngsters at a tennis awards ceremony. A photo shows at least 26 mostly young people posing with him. Social distancing measures are not respected and no mask is worn.

At some point after the event, Djokovic receives notification of a positive PCR test, according to his statement.

Djokovic is pictured at a tennis awards ceremony the day after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Djokovic is in his tennis center in Belgrade to do an interview and a photo shoot with L’Equipe. His statement says he socially distanced and wore a mask except when his picture was taken.

Journalist Franck Ramella and photographer Etienne Garnier were not informed that Djokovic tested positive for Covid before, during or after the interview with the tennis star in Belgrade, the French sports newspaper reported on January 12.

A portrait of Novak Djokovic taken for an interview with L'Equipe on December 18.

The L’Equipe article states that Ramella has since tested negative for Covid-19. He does not mention Garnier’s health.

Djokovic tests negative for the virus, according to his affidavit.

December 23
Djokovic has antibodies against the coronavirus, according to a document published by the Public Health Institute of Serbia, supporting the tennis player’s claim that he had recovered from Covid-19 when he arrived in Australia for the ‘Australian Open.

CNN contacted the Public Health Institute of Serbia in Belgrade to ask if the antibodies could have come from a previous infection in June 2020.

Djokovic receives a medical exemption from Tennis Australia allowing him to enter Australia without a Covid vaccination or quarantine on the grounds that he has just recovered from Covid, according to court documents.

Before the end of the year, videos and images appear to show Djokovic in Spain and Serbia within two weeks before heading to Australia. Djokovic had ticked “No” on a travel declaration when asked if he had traveled in the 14 days before arriving in Australia, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

Djokovic is seen training in Spain in an image taken from a video posted on his Instagram account.

January 2022

Djokovic’s team submits his travel declaration to the Australian Department of the Interior, who informs them that it has been assessed and that he is cleared to arrive without quarantine, according to the affidavit.

Djokovic receives a border travel permit from the Victorian state government, according to his affidavit, where Melbourne is and where the Australian Open will be held.

Having left Spain the day before, Djokovic arrived in Melbourne around midnight. His passport is taken and he is escorted to a small room where he is questioned by border control officers, according to the affidavit.

Djokovic’s visa was canceled by the Australian government and he was taken to a temporary detention center at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, according to the affidavit.
Police stand guard at the government detention center where Djokovic stayed on January 7, 2022.

At a press conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms and reads the letter sent November 29 by Health Minister Hunt to Tennis Australia stating that a Covid-19 infection alone in the past six months does not meet the requirements for entry without quarantine.

Djokovic’s hearing begins, with the judge deciding to overturn the cancellation of his visa and order his release. The judge, however, said Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke reserves the right to deport Djokovic.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is investigating whether Djokovic submitted a false travel declaration before arriving in Australia.

Djokovic says his team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify the issue of his travel declaration.

However, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials are investigating possible inconsistencies in documents related to Djokovic’s PCR result in December as well as the tennis player’s movements in the days following his positive Covid test. -19 in Serbia, a source familiar with the investigation said. CNN.

Djokovic wipes his forehead during a training session on Wednesday, January 12.

As he awaits a decision on whether he can stay in Australia, Djokovic is drawn against fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open.

Australia’s immigration minister revokes Djokovic’s visa ahead of the Australian Open, saying “it was in the public interest to do so”.

Djokovic is being held by Australian authorities ahead of a hearing on his case to remain in the country.

The Serb loses his appeal in court and is expelled from Australia. He said he was “extremely disappointed” and left on a flight to Dubai.

A previous version of this timeline incorrectly listed the number of known events Djokovic attended on December 16.

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