Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus after Adria Tour controversy


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way most of the world live their lives in many ways.

These include going out of the house for essentials only and staying six feet apart. However, Novak Djokovic made what some consider a boneheaded move by hosting the Adria Tour, and even dancing at a nightclub... topless.

Now, it has been discovered that Djokovic, and his wife, have been infected by COVID-19.

What's even more terrible about this ordeal is that Grigor Dimitrov, Viktor Troicki and Borna Coric have also tested positive for the virus after the Easter Europe event.

The only silver lining is that when Djokovic and his wife Jelena tested positive, their children tested negative.

Djokovic had this to say on the situation: “The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative. Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.

“The Tour has been designed to help both established and up-and-coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various Tours are on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this. We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus had weakened, believing that the conditions for the Tour had been met.

“Unfortunately this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.


“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. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days and repeat the test in five days.”

Australian Nick Kyrgios and British No.1 Dan Evans agreed that it may not have been the best decision to host the tournament, which saw its Croatian leg cancelled after Dimitrov's positive test.

Evans singled out Djokovic, and said that he didn't believe players should've been dancing all over each other and that he should feel some responsibility in his event and how it's transpired.

Andy Murray also took time to weigh in on the event. The Brit had recently criticised the tour, and later said it should be a lesson for all of us. He said: "Once you start having mass gatherings with people coming in from all sorts of countries, it's a recipe for it to kick off. So it's kind of a lesson for all of us - if we weren't already - to take this extremely seriously, and to have as many safety measures in place as possible."

"The Joker," has been quoted as saying that he didn't want to travel to New York for the US Open due to the rules on entourage sizes for players, and "extreme" health concerns.

He, who is also the president of the ATP players' council, stated: "The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme. We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week. Also, we could bring one person to the club, which is really impossible. I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist."

Now, it looks as if Djokovic is the victim of his own thinking. He is also an anti-vader, who stated that he would not take a vaccine for coronavirus if required.

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