Novak Djokovic, the World no.1 tennis player has tested positive for Coronavirus along with his wife, Jelena, and fellow players Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki after an exhibition event he organized in Croatia. The tennis star apologizes for hosting the events.
The 17-time grand slam champion said he was sorry that the tournament had caused harm and acknowledged “we were wrong and it was too soon.” The first stop of the Adria tour was hosted at the Djokovic’s tennis center on the banks of the Danube in Belgrade last week which was attended by about 4000 fans daily, while a similar crowd attended the Zadar events.
Djokovic has defended the event saying it was supposed to be a philanthropic event and all health standards were met while hosting the events but it was too soon.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) June 23, 2020
In his statement, Djokovic urged everyone who attended the event and anyone who might be in proximity of any attendees to get tested for Coronavirus. He said that the organizers would be sharing health resources with those who attended the events in Belgrade, and Zadar.
“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”
The organizers said that the remainder of the Adria Tour had been cancelled, the two-day event on July 3-4 in Banja Luka, Bosnia, and the planned exhibition match with Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo on July 5.
Una fiesta derivó en un contagio masivo de #coronavirus en tenistas.
Se infectaron el tenista croata Borna Coric, el entrenador físico de Djokovic y él; Marco Panichi, y el entrenador de Dimitrov, Cristian Groh, además de Dimitrov, que fue el primero.
— Janosik Garcia (@Janosikgarciaz) June 23, 2020
World no.40 Nick Kyrgios has criticized Djokovic, calling it a boneheaded move. The players seemed to play basketball and to party together bare shirted while ignoring the social distancing norms before the events.