Tennis star, Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus following an exhibition event he organized in Croatia.
The Adria Tour, which took place in Zadar last weekend, has been mired in
controversy after the final was canceled following Grigor Dimitrov’s positive test.
Djokovic, who was scheduled to play in Sunday’s final, confirmed Tuesday that
both he and his wife Jelena had also tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning home
to Serbia, while his children’s results were negative.
In a statement released on his website, Djokovic defended organizing the Adria
Tour, a four-stage charity event hosted in the Balkans.
“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,”
said the world No. 1 tennis star.
“We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened,
believing that the conditions for hosting 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.”
Djokovic added that he would remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days and have another test in five days’ time.