'Doesn't add up': Worrying twist in fresh Novak Djokovic virus claim

·Sports Reporter
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Novak Djokovic (pictured left) during a match and (pictured right) posing for a photo with children.
Court documents from Novak Djokovic's (pictured left) lawyers claimed the tennis star tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16th, but photos on social media (pictured right) appeared to show him maskless at public events after that date. (Images: Getty Images/Instagram)

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has been called out after photos appeared to show him attending events maskless only days after court documents claim he tested positive for Covid-19.

As the World No.1 remained in immigration detention, the Federal Court released an online file outlining the details of his legal battle to remain in Australia.

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"Mr Djokovic had received, on 30 December 2021, a letter from the Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia recording that he had been provided with a 'medical exemption from COVID vaccination' on the ground that he had recently recovered from Covid," the documents read.

"The date of the first positive COVID PCR test was recorded on 16 December 2021."

The documents stunned the tennis world, but they appear to have raised more questions than answers.

Since the documents were released, photos have emerged on social media of Djokovic attending public events that are reported to have taken place after December 16.

This is despite his PCR test confirming his positive case. It is unknown when Djokovic was told of his result.

One photo posted on his Twitter account on December 17 shows the Djokovic receiving his very own commemorative stamp from the Serbian National Postal Service.

But the World No.1 isn't wearing a mask.

Djokovic also attended an award ceremony at the Novak Tennis Centre, according to photos posted on December 17.

Photos on social media show Djokovic posing with children without a mask.

Another photo shows Djokovic posing for a photo for French publication L'Equipe on December 18, two days after his test.

The photos prompted many on social media to question Djokovic's actions.

Leading tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg also pointed out Djokovic's positive case came six days after Tennis Australia claimed players could apply for a medical exemption.

This would have ruled Djokovic out of contention for a medical exemption - if he was applying for this - for the Australian Open.

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The papers went on to outline that Djokovic had no recent fever or respiratory symptoms of Covid-19 a fortnight after his diagnosis.

One of the documents outlined an interview between Djokovic and the Australia Border Force.

A partial transcript of that interview included "you have stated you are not vaccinated against COVID-19".

When the 34-year-old Serb landed in Melbourne late on Wednesday, he was detained and questioned before his visa was revoked and the tennis star was taken to immigration detention.

Djokovic's matter is due back in court on Monday when lawyers will attempt to overturn the federal government's deportation order.

with AAP

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