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Tennis star Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. This comes after the No. 1 ranked tennis player on the planet organized and played in an exhibition series in Croatia and Serbia. He’s the fourth player who participated in the matches to test positive for COVID-19, according to the Associated Press. Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, also tested positive for coronavirus.
“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,” Dojokovic said in a observation. “My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the result of our children are negative. Everything we did up to now month, we did with a pure heart and honest intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion right through the region.”
Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki — all of whom played in the exhibitions — also recently tested positive for COVID-19.
No social distancing measures were enforced all through the Adria Tour matches in Croatia and Serbia that Djokovic helped organize, although players from everywhere the world travelled to take part in the events. Final week, videos surfaced of Djokovic and several European tennis stars, including Coric and Dimitrov, partying at a Serbian nightclub just days before Dimitrov confirmed that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“We organized the tournament these days when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met,” Djokovic said. “Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and this is a new reality that we are still learning to manage and live with. I hope things will ease with time so we will all renew lives the way they were.”
Before testing positive for COVID-19, Djokovic had recently spoke out against the “extreme” coronavirus guidelines the United States Open is putting in place ahead of the New York tournament in August.
“We do not need access to Manhattan, we must sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week,” he said in early June. “Also, we could bring one person to the club, which is actually unattainable. I intent, you wish to have your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist.”
In the wake of the positive tests, organizers were forced to cancel the rest of the charity Adria Tour. Djokovic was once slated to face Dimitrov in the finals.