Tennis star Novak Djokovic has admitted there were mistakes on his immigration forms and to meeting a journalist despite testing positive for Covid, as Australia mulls deporting him.
On Monday, however, a judge dramatically overturned the decision and ordered the release of the player from detention.
But the government has not ruled out further action- and the possibility remains that the country's immigration minister could cancel his visa for a second time just days before the tournament begins.
Alex Hawke could cancel the visa based on prior Covid infections not counting as an exemption.
Of most concern to Australian officials is Djokovic's admitted breach of Serbia's isolation rules after learning he had tested positive.
The 34-year-old Belgrade-born tennis player is chasing a record-breaking 21st grand slam victory at the Australian Open beginning on Monday, but could yet be deported by the government which is unhappy with his medical exemption from inoculation.
He said his agent had made a mistake when filling in a section of the form that covered his recent travel history.
The form stated that he had not travelled in the 14 days before his arrival in Australia.
"My agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box," he wrote.
"this was a human error, but will the border force officials accept that?
The tennis star said he had not known he had Covid when he went to two events- the unveiling of a Djokovic stamp and an awards ceremony attended by children.
Djokovic said that he had taken a rapid antigen test before attending both events and was only notified that his PCR was positive after attending the awards ceremony on 17 December.
In his statement Djokovic addressed two points.
While admitting he broke isolation rules does not affect his deportation prospects it certainly doesn't look good.
An investigation into the incident continues after footage went viral on Tuesday night of the new network recruit and veteran broadcaster Mike Amor criticising the tennis star after a court ruled he would be allowed to stay in Australia.
The newsreaders' expletive-laden rant, which appears to have taken place while preparing to present the station's 6pm news program, included Maddern saying : 'Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky, a***hole. '
Maddern has since apologised to her bosses for badmouthing the world number one.
in a statement, channel 7 said it was a private conversation between two colleagues, and the recording was illegal.
Djokovic on Wednesday admitted to doing an interview and photo shoot with a French newspaper while infected with Covid last month, and blamed his agent for the 'administrative error' on his travel entry form.
In an affidavit to the court, Djokovic said he was "tested and diagnosed" as having contracted Covid on 16 December.
"If you 're positive you have to isolate," Brnabić told the BBC, adding that if the player had broken the rules she would have to consult “ relevant authorities ”.
Earlier this week, Brnabić told a pro-government paper she was "sleeping with my mobile phone" in case she got a call about the case.
We have agreed to stay in communication with Australian representatives," she said.
The high-profile newsreaders, who are based in Melbourne, were reacting to the news that the Serbian star had been allowed to enter the country to play in the Australian Open next week, despite not being vaccinated and admitting there were mistakes on his travel forms.
Amor can be heard saying the tennis star "fell over his own [ expletive ] lies" before adding, "I think he's going to get away with it."
While there was shock at the sharp language, many social media users have thrown their support behind the newsreaders.
"is it too late to nominate rebecca maddern and mike amor for australians of the year ?"
It was a hugely controversial decision, as Australians have had to live under some of the world's strictest Covid-19 rules, especially in Melbourne, where he is now training for the Grand Slam, which endured 262 days under restrictions last year.
Despite being fully vaccinated, her travel exemption request has been denied eight times, because, as an adult, she does not qualify under the federal government's definition of "immediate family" to be able to visit her mum.
"It's just another case of celebrities being able to enter Australia, but people who are connected to hard working citizens are being turned away."
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