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Tennis News : Novak Djokovic trains as visa case takes new twist with COVID admission

Novak Djokovic was back training on Wednesday as his case took a new twist.

Djokovic admited he knew he had tested positive for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photo shoot at his tennis center in Serbia last month, saying Wednesday he made an "error of judgement" and should have immediately gone into isolation.

Djokovic moved to clarify "ongoing misinformation" about his movements while he was infectious last month and about errors on the travel document he used to enter Australia, where his visa was revoked and then reinstated in a COVID-19 vaccination saga that has overshadowed the days leading up to the Australian Open.

A statement was posted on Djokovic's social media accounts while the men's tennis No. 1 was in Rod Laver Arena holding a practice session against Tristan Schoolkate, a 20-year-old Australian.

The nine-time and defending Australian Open champion is in limbo before the year's first tennis major starts next Monday, a week after he won a legal battle allowing him to stay in the country.

But he still faces the prospect of deportation because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19, a decision entirely at the discretion of Australia's immigration minister if deemed to be in the public interest.

There's also been speculation that errors on his immigration form could potentially result in the cancellation of his visa.

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  • Released : 12-Jan-2022

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