The Spanish government is now reportedly looking into whether the Serbian tennis star entered the country illegally before flying to Australia.
Djokovic travelled to Marbella in Spain on December 31 with the Tennis Head website reporting he was still training in the Spanish city as of January 4 before flying to Australia the following day.
Police and immigrations authorities are investigating Djokovic as it’s understood he did not request special permission from the Spanish Embassy or Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter the country unvaccinated.
Serbians as of September last year must show proof of vaccination or an exemption to enter Spanish territory but authorities claim the world No.1 didn’t provide either of these.
With Djokovic already in hot water in Australia over his visa debacle and Serbia after he admitted he did not immediately isolate after catching Covid-19, Spain is the third government to investigate the world’s best tennis player.
The Spanish government is now reportedly looking into whether the Serbian tennis star entered the country illegally before flying to Australia
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Tuesday that he didn’t have any record of Djokovic travelling to Spain before heading to Australia.
‘I have no record of this presence of Djokovic,’ he said.
‘We have not been contacted by the Australian government to request such documentation.’
Djokovic may be off the hook if he’s considered a resident of Spain, having bought a house in Marbella in 2020.
The athlete on his visa declaration form into Australia said he hadn’t travelled to any other countries in the 14 days prior to arrival in Melbourne, before saying the mistake was ‘human error’.
‘This was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia,’ Djokovic continued.
‘This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur. Today, my team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify this ‘matter.’
Due to the inconsistencies with his evidence, Djokovic could be facing deportation from Australia as early as Thursday.
The Federal Government is expected to announce on Thursday whether it will launch a renewed bid to deport the winner of 20 Grand Slams. Of most concern to Australian officials is Djokovic’s admitted breach of Serbia’s isolation rules after learning he had tested positive.
Djokovic on Wednesday admitted to doing an interview and photo shoot with a French newspaper on December 18 despite having tested positive to Covid two days earlier.
Lingering mystery also surrounds when Djokovic actually learned he had Covid with a German publication sowing doubt on the timing of his PCR test after QR Code information was uncovered that ‘did not match up’.
While this could be a quirk of Serbia’s reporting system, it has cast doubts on Djokovic’s claims he tested positive on December 16.
The 34-year-old disclosed he had attended an event with children in Belgrade the next day while he was Covid positive, but said he didn’t know he was infected until afterwards.