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questions Timing of Novak Djokovic's positive test result questioned as John McEnroe calls for investigation


Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Tennis legend John McEnroe has called for an investigation into the story Novak Djokovic presented in his bid to get into Australia, after a BBC report cast doubt over his chain of events.

Djokovic was deported from Australia after government officials believed the presence of the Serbian star in their country could encourage anti-vaccine sentiment as he confirmed he has opted not to be inoculated against Covid-19.

The defending Australian Open champion needed to get a positive Covid test after his final appearance for Serbia in the Davis Cup on December 3rd and the middle of the month for him to apply for a medical exemption to enter Australia.

He got just that by producing evidence he tested positive for the virus on December 16th, even though he attended events with numerous people in attendance on the following two days.

Now tennis legend McEnroe has suggested Djokovic's story needs to be examined by tennis chiefs, as seven-time Grand Slam champion said he would like to know what happened

“In short, yes. I’d like to know,” he stated

“I’ll give you an example of something I don’t understand. Novak Djokovic, to me, is an extremely smart person. If he tested positive on why in the hell would he do an interview with a journalist on December 16th? (that engagement was actually on December 18th, two days after Djokovic’s positive Covid test.

“That makes absolutely no sense to me. The guy’s not stupid. He’s smart. So, already, I’m like, ‘What?!’

“I mean, he wasn’t just sitting around going, ‘I hope I get Covid so I can get an exemption’. So that wasn’t happening.”

The International Tennis Federation and Association of Tennis Professionals did not respond to requests for comment on whether they would investigate Djokovic’s test by the Telegraph.

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