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Pressure on Novak Djokovic after Adria Tour is hit by coronavirus

Close contact: Djokovic plays a game of basketball with Dimitrov (top) in Zadar PICTURE: AP

THE Adria Tour was facing mounting criticism last night, with world No.40 Nick Kyrgios branding the event organised by Novak Djokovic ‘boneheaded’ after two players and several support staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Grigor Dimitrov confirmed his positive test on Sunday, a day after a sluggish performance in a loss to Borna Coric, who played again on Sunday but revealed yesterday he has an asymptomatic case of the disease.

The series of tournaments have been organised by world No.1 Djokovic, with the ATP calendar suspended until at least mid-August.

The second event was held in Croatia, which has eased lockdown rules meaning players did not have to socially distance. They shook hands after matches and have also been pictured sitting and standing next to each other, embracing and playing basketball.

Kyrgios tweeted: ‘Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the “exhibition”. Speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE.’

While other players and staff reported for testing on Sunday, Djokovic is believed to have flown home to Serbia before being tested yesterday.

It has been claimed his fitness trainer tested positive, as did Dimitrov’s coach. Alexander Zverev, one of several top-ten players to compete, revealed he had tested negative for the virus.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘I deeply apologise to anyone that I have potentially put at risk by playing this tour. I will proceed to follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors.’

Belgrade hosted the opening leg of the Adria Tour last week, before the players headed to Zadar, where the Sunday’s final involving Djokovic was cancelled because of Dimitrov’s positive test.

Coric said on Instagram: ‘I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested! I am sorry for any harm I might have caused!’