Serbia warns Djokovic of possible sanctions for skipping isolation

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic warned that if Novak Djokovic skipped the fourteen-day mandatory isolation for contracting COVID-19 it would be “a serious violation” of the country’s laws.

The Serbian tennis player admitted having attended a face-to-face interview on December 18 in Belgrade despite knowing that he had been infected because “it was a long-standing commitment” and so as not to “look bad with the journalist.”

This goes against the anti-COVID legislation that Serbia had at the time, which forced those infected to keep a quarantine of fourteen days. Djokovic had a PCR done on December 16, but assured that he did not know the result until December 17, despite the fact that the documents from the laboratory that carried out the test revealed that they reported the positive just a few hours after doing the PCR.

“If you are positive, you have to isolate yourself,” Brnabic said in an interview with the BBC. “I don’t know when he received the results and when he saw them. That’s a bit of a gray area that only Novak can answer,” he added.

Djokovic is already free in Australia and has been able to train these days in Melbourne Park, but is waiting to hear the decision of the immigration minister, Alex Hawke, who can exercise his personal right to cancel the Serb’s visa and request his deportation again.

Brnabic noted that he hopes Djokovic can stay in Australia and play in the tournament, but added that he disagrees with the Serb’s decision not to get vaccinated: “What matters to me is that we support Novak, but at the same time, both for the country and for me, vaccination is something very important and the only way to end this pandemic,” the politician said.