World number one Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena have both tested positive for COVID29 after the Adria tour in Balkans.
The Serbian released a statement to the media saying himself and the wife tested positive.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
“We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened , believing that the conditions for the tour had been met. Unfortunately the virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with.
“I am 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 cases of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Croatian Borna Coric, Serbian Victor Troicki, and two coaches one from Djokovic, Marko Paniki, and that of Dimitrov, Kristijan Groh had been previously confirmed.
Troicki’s pregnant wife also tested positive for the dreadly Covid19.
Some other players who tested negative after the tournament are observing self isolation. Players like Marin Cilic,Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev all they will stay indoors for now.
During the open leg in Belgrade, the tournament witnessed packed stands, nights out, players hugging at the net , posing for pictures, playing basketball , press conferences and kids mingling together. Pictures of Djokovic and some players dancing with other participants were posted on social media with zero social distancing protocols observed.
Novak Djokovic has been criticised for having a tournament and bringing players from various part of the world to participate in the tour amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Players like Nick Krygios described Djokovic’s decision to put on the event as “bonehead”,
British number one Evans Dan also voice out his opinion by calling it a “poor example to set”