‘I am not vaccinated’: Novak Djokovic’s interview with Australian Border Force

Exchanges at the airport shows how the world men’s tennis No 1 contended with the cancellation of his visa

After landing in Melbourne on 6 January, Novak Djokovic is questioned by Sudhir R, an officer of the Department of Home Affairs, about why he has travelled to the country. After clarifying that he has come to play in the Australian Open, the officer asks him about his vaccination status. The quotes are taken from the transcript agreed between both parties and released by the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne on Monday.

INTERVIEWER: Are you vaccinated?

DJOKOVIC: I am not vaccinated.

INTERVIEWER: Thank you. Have you ever had Covid?

DJOKOVIC: Yes. I had Covid twice … in June 2020 and recently – I was tested positive, PCR 16th of December 2021 … I have the documents as well to confirm that. If you want I can provide.

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