World no.1 tennis star tests positive after hosting controversial tour

Novak Djokovic has tested positive to coronavirus, after participating in a tennis tournament in Europe that he organised.

As restrictions were beginning to ease across Serbia and Croatia, the tournament was organised, with players invited to participate from other countries.

The exhibition became extremely controversial, with concerns that there would be an outbreak.


Players weren’t required to observe social distancing measures in either country due to the restrictions being eased, and images were published of the participants dancing at on a night out in Belgrade.

The opening leg was played in Belgrade last week, just days before Croatian Borna Coric, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Serbian Viktor Troicki tested positive.

World number one Novak Djokovic is the latest to test positive. His wife Jelena has also tested positive, while their two children are so far negative.

The remainder of the ‘Adria Tour’ has been cancelled.

“I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm.

“Everything the organizers and I did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions.

“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,” Djokovic has posted on Twitter.

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