Men’s world number one tennis player Serbian Novak Djokovic has issued another apology after testing positive for coronavirus COVID-19, admitting it was too soon to host something like the Adria Tour. Djokovic’s wife Jelena also tested positive for the virus but his children tested negative.
“Hi everyone – we’re back in Belgrade and I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 as well as Jelena. The kids have tested negative. We will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days and repeat the test in 5 days,” Djokovic said .
“I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. Everything the organisers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,” Djokovic said in a fresh statement on his official Twitter handle.
“We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons. We were wrong and it was too soon. I can”t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection,” he added.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) June 23, 2020
The Adria Tour, organized by Djokovic was a charity tournament, was played on June 13 and 14. The event attracted a crowd of around 4,000. Reports also suggested that no social distancing was observed during the tour. The event was cancelled after Viktor Troicki, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric tested positive for the COVID-19. Apart from the players, Grigor Dimitrov’s coach Chris Gro and Novak Djokovic’s fitness coach Marko Paniki have also tested positive.