What we know: Novak Djokovic and Australian Open timeline

Here is a timeline of events to date.

Djokovic is granted a temporary Australian entry visa to compete in 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 reportedly wrote to Australian Open tournament director and Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley, stating that only one Covid-19 infection in the past six months – without full vaccination – does not meet requirements for entry without quarantine into the country, according to a leaked letter published in local Australian media.

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Tennis Australia reportedly sent a letter to players stating that a Covid-19 infection in the past six months, accompanied by a covering letter from a doctor, would constitute a valid medical exemption; and noting that players have until December 10 to submit their medical exemption requests, according to a leaked letter posted to local Australian media.

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

Djokovic performs a rapid antigen test – which is negative – and also performs an official and “cautiously” approved PCR test, according to Djokovic’s statement.

Djokovic’s PCR test result comes back positive later today, according to a copy of his test result in his affidavit, but his January 12 statement says he has not received notification of a PCR test result. positive only after a tennis event on December 17th.

He is later pictured 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 undergone a rapid antigen test which was negative, according to Djokovic’s statement.

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The Belgrade Tennis Association Facebook page posts various photos of Djokovic alongside a group of young people at a tennis awards ceremony. One photo shows at least 26 people – most of them young – 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 in his tennis center in Belgrade for an interview and a photo shoot for L’Equipe. His statement says he distanced himself socially and wore a mask except when his photo was taken.

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

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

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

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Djokovic has antibodies to the coronavirus, according to a document released by the Serbian Institute of Public Health, supporting the tennis player’s claim that he recovered from Covid-19 when he arrived in Australia for the Open from Australia.

CNN contacted the Serbian Institute of Public Health 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 vaccination or Covid quarantine on the grounds that he has just recovered from Covid, according to court documents.

Before the end of the year, video and stills appear to show Djokovic in Spain and Serbia in the two-week period before traveling to Australia. Djokovic had ticked “No” on a travel report when asked if he had traveled in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

January 2021

Djokovic’s team submit their travel declaration to the Australian Home Office, who inform them that it has been assessed and that he is allowed to arrive without quarantine, according to the affidavit.

Djokovic receives a border travel permit from the state government of Victoria, according to his affidavit, where Melbourne is located 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 is canceled by the Australian government and he is 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 on November 29 by Minister of Health Hunt to Tennis Australia indicating that only one Covid-19 infection in the past six months is unresponsive not to entry requirements without quarantine.

Djokovic’s hearing begins, with the judge deciding to reverse 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 prior to his arrival in Australia.

Djokovic said his team 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 test for Covid-19 in Serbia, said a source familiar with the investigation. CNN.

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

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