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Djokovic beats his ass, an investigation sows doubt around the date of his positive test


Novak Djokovic is not at the end of his sentences. While the unvaccinated Serbian player released a mea culpa on Wednesday, admitting to having made “Errors” in its entry form in Australia, an investigation by the German daily “Der Spiegel” revealed Tuesday, January 11 that his clan would have changed the date of his positive test for Covid-19.

When he arrived in Australia on January 5, Novak Djokovic presented a medical exemption from vaccination justified by two PCR test certificates. One positive for Covid, dated December 16, 2021, and the other, negative, dated December 22.

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However, according to joint research by “Der Spiegel” and the online site Zerforschung, this positive test could in fact have been issued on December 26. Journalists rely on digital data accessible in the URL of the test’s QR code. This “Unix Timestamp”, a date measurement format which represents the number of seconds elapsed since the 1ster January 1970 at midnight, confirms the date of the negative test of December 22. But the identification number of the test presented as that of December 16 would correspond to the date of December 26. A hypothesis supported by the number of the positive test (n ° 7371999), after that of December 22 (n ° 7320919).

If the facts are true, these revelations should not settle the affairs of the Serb, still awaiting a decision of the Australian ministry of the immigration which can still expel him. In a letter to players in November, ATP warned that forgery could be subject to suspension for up to three years.

“Errors of judgment”

In parallel, Novak Djokovic published a mea culpa on his Instagram account on Wednesday, admitting to having committed “Errors” by filling out his entry form in Australia and in his behavior, after having tested positive for Covid-19.

The world tennis number one, unvaccinated, said his team had provided additional information to Australian authorities, who are considering revoking his visa again and deporting him.

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The 34-year-old was seen in public in Belgrade the day after December 16, when he supposedly tested positive. Claiming to be a victim of ” informations “ let him judge “Very hurtful” for his family, he explained that when he appeared in public without a mask on December 17, he had not yet received the result of his test, carried out the day before.

Djokovic also recognizes a “Error of judgment”, that of having received, then asymptomatic patient, journalists of “the Team” for an interview. “On second thought, it was an error in judgment and I admit that I should have postponed this engagement. “

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“Djoker” also pleads an error for having ticked the wrong box in the entry form to Australia. This form has been widely circulated by Australian media, and shows that the player has checked the box stating that he has not traveled in the fourteen days prior to arriving in Australia on January 5th. However, the player was, during these two weeks, in Serbia then in Spain. The player has scored a ” human error ” of his agent.

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Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open, which starts on January 17, remains on the table. Turned back to Melbourne Airport after his visa was canceled on January 5, he was placed in a detention center for deportation, but a judge ruled in his favor on January 10 and ordered his immediate release . Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, however, said on Tuesday that he was considering revoking Novak Djokovic’s visa again using his discretionary powers.



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