March 8, 2021

Djokovic occasion lacked little bit of widespread sense, says Amritraj – tennis

Novak Djokovic’s intentions in organising the ill-fated Adria Tour had been good however the world primary might have utilized a bit extra widespread sense to how the exhibition occasion was run, former ATP gamers’ council head Vijay Amritraj has informed Reuters.

The Serbian has confronted fierce criticism after he, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki contracted COVID-19 following the charity occasion in Serbia and Croatia.

Indian Amritraj informed Reuters that whereas the world primary’s intentions had been “completely appropriate”, and that he had adopted native authorities protocols, he ought to have went the additional mile to make sure the well being and security of everybody concerned.

“In hindsight, sure, clearly he might have taken much more precautions earlier than working the occasion,” the 66-year-old tv pundit informed Reuters by phone from Los Angeles.

“Regardless of sure native authorities mandates, I feel it’s important to comply with some widespread sense.”

Djokovic has apologised and admitted it was in all probability “too quickly” to run the occasion, which was performed in entrance of packed stands in Belgrade.


Amritraj, who reached a career-high rating of 18 and beat Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver and Jimmy Connors in his taking part in profession, thought the event would have been good for tennis as it will deliver the game again on tv.

“As days progressed, I realised that they had been going to place about 1,000 folks in a stadium and I actually didn’t understand how huge the stadium was,” he added.

“And in a while … after discovering out that the occasion itself had just about a full home from the attitude of followers and none of this social distancing, masks, all of that had been even in play, it turned very far more of a priority.”

Djokovic additionally heads up the gamers council on the ATP Tour and Amritraj, who held the identical submit for 4 phrases from 1989, mentioned it got here with a “enormous” accountability.

“Similar for Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal), no matter they are saying or do goes to have an incredible diploma of affect over the game worldwide and what folks assume,” he added.

Amritraj mentioned the Adria Tour debacle confirmed there needs to be no crowds if, as deliberate, the principle circuits restart in August after a niche of 5 months.

“The gang normally makes an enormous distinction,” he mentioned.

“Sadly you’ll lose that factor of the match. It’ll be fairly simple to see a spectacular level and there’ll be no applause in the way in which.

“In order that definitely will have an effect on the gamers. However once more, it’s one thing that we now have to get used to, and it’s higher than not having it in any respect.”