20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic admitted there was a mistake while submitting his travel declaration but he insisted it was nothing delibarate and simply a human error.
Djokovic’s travel declaration came under scrutiny after being aired in court on Monday.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, said his team provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify the matter.
“On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia. This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur. Today, my team has provided additional information to the Australian Government to clarify this matter,” Djokovic said in a statement.
Djokovic won’t comment on the matter anymore
Djokovic felt the need to release the statement, explain himself, and he doesn’t intend to make any further comments on the situation.
“While I felt it was important to address and clarify misinformation I will not be making any further comment out of utmost respect for the Australian Government and their authorities and the current process,” Djokovic added.
“It is always an honour and a privilege to play in the Australian Open. The Australian Open is much-loved by players, fans and the community, not just in Victoria and in Australia, but around the globe, and I just want to have the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world and perform before one of the best crowds in the world.”
Djokovic won his case in court and his visa was reinstated.
Hours after winning his case in court, Djokovic hit the practice courts at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he has won the tournament’s past three editions.
Djokovic is chasing a record 10th Australian Open title, as well as a record 21st Grand Slam title.