The discovery of the two journalists at the origin of this new twist casts doubt on the validity of the documents presented in evidence by Djokovic in order to establish his eligibility to receive the famous medical exemption from the Australian Tennis Federation, which should allow him to take part in the first grand slam tournament of the season.
Their conclusions are based on the Unix time stamp which calculates the seconds elapsed since its adoption on January 1, 1970. The QR codes and test numbers of Djokovic tend to show that he would have received a positive result on December 26 (n ° 7371999), and not on December 16 as he had previously indicated.
Also, its negative result (n ° 7320919) of December 22 would have actually been obtained a posteriori. Under ATP rules, Djokovic faces a three-year suspension if he is found to have filed false documents.
Uncertain participation in the Australian Open
The revelations come on the heels of discussions between the prime ministers of Australia and Serbia over Djokovic’s precarious visa, after the tennis star won a legal battle to take part in the Internationals. ‘Australia.
The Serbian, the world’s largest player, however, still faces a threat of deportation, as he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
The tragedy caused by the deportation polarized opinions and generated strong support in Serbia for the winner of 20 grand slam tournaments.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Serbian counterpart Ana Brnabic agreed during their phone conversation to maintain the link over the 34-year-old tennis player’s disputed visa, Morrison’s office said.
The prime minister explained our non-discriminatory border policy and its role in protecting Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, Morrison’s office said in a statement. They both agreed to keep in touch on the matter.
Brnabic called on Morrison to ensure that Djokovic is treated with dignity, state broadcaster Radio Television Serbia (RTS) reported.
The Serbian President particularly underlined the importance of the training and physical preparation conditions for the upcoming tournament, given that Novak Djokovic has not been allowed to train in the previous days and the tournament starts in Melbourne this week-end.
He was in training on the field just hours after his court victory.
I am happy and grateful that the judge overturned the decision to cancel my visa, Djokovic wrote on his Twitter account. Despite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete at the Australian Open. I took the plane to play one of the most important events in front of incredible spectators.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering exercising his power to deport Djokovic under separate legislation.
The Minister is currently reviewing the matter and the process is continuing.Hawke’s office said in a statement.
Refused at Australian Customs
A customs official canceled Djokovic’s visa at Melbourne airport last Thursday, hours after arriving in Australia to participate in the tournament.
He was quarantined in a hotel room until Monday, when a judge reinstated his visa, citing procedural errors made by border officials at the airport.
Djokovic received a medical exemption from the tournament’s vaccination rules by Tennis Australia and the organizers so he could take part in the event, as he had contracted COVID-19 in December.
Australian border forces, however, refused to grant him an exemption from national vaccination rules for non-citizens arriving in the country. They said an infection in the past six months was only grounds for exemption from the vaccine in cases where the virus has caused serious illness.
There are also new questions about Djokovic’s request to enter the country, after documents released by the federal court revealed that he told authorities he had not traveled in the 14 days before his flight to Australia.
Residing in Monte-Carlo, Djokovic landed in Melbourne shortly before the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, and he responded
no to a question about previous trips on their Australian Travel Declaration Form.
The defending champion, however, was filmed playing tennis in the streets of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, on Christmas Day. He also trained in Spain on December 31. These two dates are inside the 14 day window.
The statement notes that giving false or misleading information is a serious offense and civil penalties are also possible.
Since Djokovic’s visa was canceled, Czech tennis player Renata Voracova and an unidentified European tennis official have been expelled for similar reasons.
Meanwhile, Djokovic trained on Tuesday at the Australian Open site even though his participation is still pending as his visa could once again be canceled.
The world No.1, who dreams of winning his record-breaking 21st grand slam title in Melbourne, was seen warming up in a gym before entering the players’ area and heading for the court central, six days before the start of the competition of which he is the first seed.