Men's Tennis Novak Djocovid

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

World number one Novak Djokovic was widely condemned on Wednesday for hosting a tennis exhibition where he was one of four players to test positive for the coronavirus, a lapse that sent shudders through a sport struggling to get back on its feet.

Djokovic's wife Jelena has also tested positive for the virus, although their two children are reported to have tested negative. "We will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days and repeat the test in 5 days", Djokovic said in a note posted on his Twitter account.

Djokovic is unbeaten this year, a run that includes winning his 17th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, but COVID-19 has been a public relations disaster for the eccentric Serb.

"I don't think he should be having a players" party and dancing all over each other", Evans told reporters ahead of Jamie Murray's behind-closed-doors "Battle of the Brits' tournament that begins on Tuesday.

Britain's Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam victor who has known Djokovic since their junior days, said: "I don't think it has been a great look for tennis". "I can't express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection", he added. The rest of the tournament has been canceled and we will remain focused on all those who have been affected.

Since that competition, several other players including Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki, have confirmed they contracted the virus. The Adria Tour organizers didn't want to risk anything further so they called off the final and the same night all the players except Djokovic - who returned to Belgrade.

The ATP men's tennis tour says it is continuing to plan and adjust its precautions and protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic with an eye to its planned August 14 resumption of competition.

To Djokovic's credit, he has not hidden from the fallout of the Adria Tour's cancellation, admitting it was "wrong" to hold the event and apologising.

"It was born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded".

"Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a fresh reality that people are still learning how to cope and live with".

Djokovic apologized for the infections and said his tour was created to help players from southeastern Europe gain access to competitive tennis while the ATP Tour - and other tours - were suspended due to the pandemic. "I hope that it will not complicate anyone's health situation".

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