Covid -19 is playing spoilsport in tennis.World No:1 Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena tested positive for coronovirus after coming off fresh from his Adria Tour of events organised in Belgrade,Serbia.The news was confirmed through a statement,which said the Serbian-who is asymptomatic was tested along with all his family members with whom he was in Belgrade and Zadar.
His statement in full:
“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 situation.
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 organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met.
Unfortunately, the 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 heath 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.”
The top-ranked Serb is fourth player to test positive for the virus.Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov and Croatia’s Borna Coric,Viktor Troicki were tested positive on June 22. The Adria Tour hosted by Novak is now becoming a hotspot of coronavirus. His stubborn stance to hold an exhibition amid pandemic is drawing criticism from all quarters.