The men’s tennis world’s number one, Novak Djokovic participated in the tennis exhibition series held in Serbia and Croatia and tested positive for the coronavirus.
The highest-ranked Serb is the fourth sportsman to be infected of the virus after playing in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and then play in Zadar, Croatia last weekend, His wife was also tested positive.
Djokovic stated on Tuesday that when they arrived in Belgrade, they were all tested and his wife Jelina and him tested positive while the children tested negative for the virus.
Djokovic was criticized for organizing the “Adriatic Tour” and recruiting players from other countries during the corona virus pandemic.
After the tour, those who tested positive for coronavirus include: Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki and his pregnant wife, Djokovic coach Marko Paniki, Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov and His coach Christian Grob, and Croatian tennis player Borna Coric.
In the competition between the two countries, no social distance measures were observed.
Some headlines from Croatian newspapers read on Tuesday: “We forgot Italy and put the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk because someone wanted to hit the ball”, “The entire Croatian Tennis Association must now immediately” and “This may shake Djokovic’s credibility.”
Djokovic has previously stated that he did. not deem it fit to take the vaccine even if it was made compulsory. The got cancelled in the final and left Croatia after taking the test in Belgrade.
Despite him testing positive for the virus, he defended the exhibition series saying that all they have done in the past month, they did with utmost sincerity. He said the tournament was meant to share a message of unity, solidarity and compassion throughout the Balkans.
He said all his done was based on the idea of charity and the money raised during the exhibition will be used to help the needy.
He said the tournament was organized in a period when the spread of the virus has subsided and felt that all conditions were met following the hosting of the exhibition.
Djokovic said: “All of this is based on the philosophy of charity, and all the funds raised are used by those in need. I am very excited to see everyone’s strong reaction to this issue.”
“Unfortunately, this virus still exists. This is the new reality that we are still learning to cope with and live.”
Djokovic, who is asymptomatic, said he will be quarantined for 14 days and apologizes to those infected by the series.