NOVAK DJOKOVIC has apologised to all those who contracted coronavirus in the exhibition tournament he organised, after he also tested positive.
The world No.1’s events in Serbia and Croatia were fiercely criticised for their lack of social distancing, with players pictured hugging, partying and playing in front of packed stands in countries where restrictions have been eased.
And after Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki tested positive after playing in the Adria Tour, 33-year-old Djokovic yesterday revealed he also had Covid-19, but no symptoms.
‘The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,’ said the world No.1. ‘My result is positive. I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.’
Djokovic organised nights out for the players and pictures and videos of him dancing and playing basketball with his rivals were posted on social media. Retweeting one of these videos, Nick Kyrgios — a player often at the centre of controversies and a vocal critic of the lack of restrictions on the Adria Tour — wrote: ‘Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid-19. Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been “irresponsible” or classified as “stupidity” — this takes the cake.’
Djokovic had previously come in for criticism earlier in the pandemic when he said he ‘wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine’, should that be needed to play in tournaments.
The regular tennis circuit was halted in early March and is set to resume in August with strict measures in place.
Organisers said the remainder of the Adria Tour had been cancelled.
It’s a winning return for Murray
ANDY MURRAY came through his first match for seven months last night as he beat Liam Broady at the Battle of the Brits event in Roehampton.
The former world No.1, who has been ravaged by injuries, most recently a bruised pelvic bone, won 6-2, 6-2 and said he served ‘pretty well’ but was not happy with other aspects of his game.
The Scot insisted he would ‘be surprised’ if he beat Kyle Edmund in his second match of the event today.