Australians on Wednesday questioned the facts behind tennis star Novak Djokovic’s COVID-19 status and said the handling of the situation was “a bit of a mess”.

Djokovic released a long statement on Wednesday, with details on why he was not in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 in December and saying his agent made a mistake in filling out his Australian travel declaration.

He said his agent ticked the wrong box on the form which states whether he had travelled within 14 days of coming to Australia.

“That’s the whole point isn’t it, he shouldn’t have been given a visa until we knew exactly what his status was and what he’d been doing, but equally once he’s here, it wasn’t really very polite to just lock him up,” said Melbourne resident, Meredith.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was considering whether to cancel the world no.1 tennis player’s visa ahead of the Australian Open, which starts on January 17, amid controversy over whether he was eligible for a medical exemption from the country’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements.