Novak Djokovic met the media in Dubai yesterday, and the questions linger over his positive COVID test result in December which allowed him to travel to Australia.
There are time stamp issues, quarantine issues and timeline issues with his test results, all which Djokovic has either apologized for or sidestepped. He continued to dance in Dubai.
“I’m not in a position to understand how these tests are being processed and registered,” he said of the scrutiny over his results. “I’m glad that Institute For Public Health in Serbia has come out publicly and validated those tests. That’s all I can say really. I’m not in a position, neither I’m an expert, to go more into detail.”
Djokovic also spoke of his schedule, which is not set due to the ever-changing COVID requirements.
“I just have to follow the rules. Whatever tournament that I’m able to play, I’ll be trying to get to that country and play the tournament,” Djokovic said.
“Obviously I’m not intending to play the full schedule,” he said. “I was trying to aim to play my best at the Grand Slams and some of the 1000 events we have, playing for my country. Those were the biggest motivations that I had in terms of the scheduling.
“Right now the situation is obviously different for me. I really can’t choose right now. It’s really about where I can go and play.
“Wherever I have an opportunity, I’ll be using probably that opportunity and going to play because this is what I do, it’s what I love to do still.”
Tuesday night, Djokovic will open his delayed 2022 season against Lorenzo Musetti.
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Absurd to throw away so many chances to compete. He should just get vaccinated. It’s not a big deal.
February 21st, 2022 at 11:41 am