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Novak Djokovic attends Belgrade event 24 hours after testing positive Covid



Novak Djokovic, whose lawyers said on Saturday he was granted the Australian Open Covid-19 vaccine exemption for testing positive on 16 December, was without a mask at a youth sports event in Belgrade the next day. In a filing filed in federal court seeking cancellation of his entry visa, his lawyers stated that “the date of the first positive COVID PCR test recorded was 16 December 2021”. The Belgrade Tennis Federation said in a Facebook post after the December 17 ceremony that Djokovic presented cups and awards to the best young players in 2021.

The federation’s statement said only prize winners attended the event, held at the Novak Tennis Center in the Serbian capital, “due to epidemiological measures related to the coronavirus pandemic”.

It was accompanied by several photographs of Djokovic holding cups and awards with federation officials and some 20 young players.

No one was wearing a mask.

At the ceremony, federation chief Milan Slavkovic thanked Djokovic “for all the achievements and generosity he is doing every day across the planet for tennis and the sport in general”, the statement said. Presented with Orthodox icons.

The incident was widely reported in the Serbian media.

Djokovic attended another gathering on 16 December, when the Serbian National Postal Service honored him and his sporting achievements by launching a series of achievements.

He published a photo from the ceremony on Instagram on 17 December.

Australian border agents tore Djokovic’s entry visa for failing to meet the country’s tough COVID-19 vaccine requirements when he landed in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Serb, an outspoken vaccine skeptic, was held in a detention center in Melbourne.

His appeal will be heard in the court on Monday.

His lawyers said the world number one has also requested to go to an institute where he can train for the Australian Open.


Djokovic’s appeal will be heard in court on Monday.

Foreigners are still mostly banned from traveling to Australia, and those admitted must be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

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