Tennis

Spain investigates Djokovic’s entry

14 Th1 2022 | 10:18

Novak Djokovic will have to explain to the Spanish government when he comes here at the end of December 2021 to practice.

 

The Spanish publication Cope reported that Novak Djokovic was in Serbia from at least December 14 to December 25, 2021 and then he arrived in Marbella, Spain on December 31, 2021. The Serbian tennis player stayed there until January 4. However, Djokovic comes to Marbella to train, not “for necessary work or to participate in high-level sporting events”.

As a rule, from September 20, 2021, Serbian citizens need a certificate of vaccination or a special exemption to enter Spanish territory. So far, however, authorities say they have not received any requests from Djokovic.

Djokovic will have to explain his entry in Spain. Photo: Retuers.

Djokovic will have to explain his entry in Spain. Photo: Retuers.

 

“The question of whether Djokovic entered Spain legally. The Interior Ministry confirmed it had asked the police to intervene, while the State Department also worked with the Immigration Department. Djokovic did not ask for any any special permission from the Spanish Embassy in Belgrade or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Cope said.

In late December 2021 and early January 2022, the Soto Tennis Academy, based in Sotogrande, Spain posted several videos on its personal page showing Djokovic training there.

On January 4, the Tennis Head website reported: “Djokovic is still training in Marbella, Spain on the same court and the official balls for the Australian Open.”

News AU says Marbella is about a 45-minute drive from Sotogrande. Djokovic’s trip to Spain comes after he was seen in Belgrade for Christmas.

Djokovic can be considered legal entry if he is a resident of Spain. This tennis player bought the house in Marbella, on the south coast of Spain, in 2020. Everything is still waiting for the Spanish government to investigate.

Besides, the Serbian government is also considering sanctioning Djokovic. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic warned that if Djokovic did not comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine period due to Covid-19 infection, it would be a “serious violation” of the country’s laws.

The Serbian tennis player admitted to attending an interview on December 18, 2021 in Belgrade, despite knowing that he was infected with Covid-19. This went against the anti-Covid-19 law that Serbia was in force at that time.

“If he tests positive, he has to self-isolate. I don’t know when he will get the results. It’s a gray area that only Novak can answer,” Prime Minister Brnabic said.

The Serbian Prime Minister assured that if there are signs that Djokovic is not complying with the anti-Covid-19 rules, he will face the authorities.