Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball during an exhibition tournament in Zadar, Croatia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and his announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on Sunday. (AP Photo/Zvonko Kucelin)

Novak Djokovic exams good for coronavirus immediately after Adria Tour celebration

The Adria Tour, which took put in Zadar previous weekend, has been mired in controversy immediately after the ultimate was canceled pursuing Grigor Dimitrov’s favourable check.

Djokovic, the earth No.1 tennis star who was scheduled to perform in Sunday’s ultimate, verified Tuesday that the two he and his spouse Jelena experienced also tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning dwelling to Serbia, even though his kid’s final results have been adverse.

In a assertion introduced on his site, Djokovic defended organizing the Adria Tour, a 4-phase charity celebration hosted in the Balkans.

“It was all born with a philanthropic notion, to immediate all elevated funds toward people in need to have and it warmed my coronary heart to see how every person strongly responded to this,” stated the 17-time grand slam winner.

“We structured the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the ailments for internet hosting the Tour had been achieved.

“Regretably, this virus is continue to present, and it is a new truth that we are continue to studying to cope and stay with.

“I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they had been. I am really sorry for each unique circumstance of an infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s well being circumstance and that all people will be good.”

Djokovic added that he would continue to be in self-isolation for the next 14 times and have an additional test in five days’ time.

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‘Boneheaded’

With the ATP Tour suspended until August 14, the Adria Tour started off in Serbia earlier this thirty day period and both equally events have taken position with supporters in attendance.

The eight players competing in Zadar last weekend ended up photographed in shut physical proximity, posing for pictures and participating in basketball collectively. Croatian Borna Coric confirmed he had also examined good for coronavirus.

Tennis players pose for photos during the Adria Tour event in Zadar, Croatia. Coric, Dimitrov and Djokovic all later tested positive for coronavirus, while Zverev returned a negative test.

Fellow participant Nick Kyrgios known as the conclusion to host the Tour “boneheaded,” even though tennis great Chris Evert pointed out the lack of social distancing between gamers.

“Almost everything we did in the previous month, we did with a pure coronary heart and honest intentions,” Djokovic’s assertion also claimed in regards to the Adria Tour.

“Our tournament intended to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion all over the area.

“The Tour has been created to assist each proven and up-and-coming tennis players from Southeastern Europe to get obtain to some competitive tennis even though the several tours are on maintain thanks to the Covid-19 problem.”

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