Novak Djokovic Photographed At Event Day After He Claimed Positive Test Behind Exemption

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Novak Djokovic was pictured attending an event the day after his positive Covid test, prompting more controversy over the star. 

The news comes after Djokovic was detained in Melbourne airport for nine hours on January 4 upon arriving to play in the Australian Open.


The star’s visa was revoked after he landed for failure to meet the Victorian government’s COVID-19 vaccination exemption requirements.

His lawyers have since claimed the sportsman had been granted a medical exemption after he tested positive for Covid on December 16.

In leaked documents, Tennis Australia reportedly told players they may be able to obtain a temporary vaccine exemption if they’d recovered from Covid in the past six months. However, it still urged players to get vaccinated.


‘We have always been consistent in our communications to players that vaccination is the best course of action – not just as the right thing to do to protect themselves and others, but also as the best course of action to ensure they could arrive in Australia,’ Tennis Australia said.

Now, pictures of Djokovic maskless and attending an event from December 17 have surfaced on social media, a day after the tennis pro is believed to have tested positive.


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It is unclear whether the tennis player knew he had Covid when he was pictured hugging children at the Tennis Association of Belgrade event.


Djokovic is currently in immigration custody at the Park Hotel in Carlton as he awaits his court date on Monday, which will continue proceedings into his injunction request against his visa cancellation.

Djokovic had allegedly requested for a private chef while in detention and to be transferred to a rented apartment, both of which were denied, as per the Daily Mail.

UNILAD has contacted Novak Djokovic’s representation for comment.

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Shola Lee

Shola Lee began her journalism career while studying for her undergraduate degree at Queen Mary, University of London and Columbia University in New York. She has written for the Columbia Spectator, QM Global Bloggers, CUB Magazine, UniDays, and Warner Brothers' Wizarding World Digital. Recently, Shola took part in the 2021 BAFTA Crew and BBC New Creatives programme before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories, and features.

Topics: News, Australian Open, COVID vaccine, Novak Djokovic, Now, Tennis


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