Novak Djokovic’s mother and father defended their son on Wednesday and blamed one other tennis participant for spreading the coronavirus at a sequence of exhibition matches hosted by the top-ranked participant. Djokovic and his spouse examined optimistic for the virus on Tuesday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion then apologized on-line for organizing the Adria Tour occasions, which introduced collectively skilled gamers from varied international locations to play matches in Serbia and Croatia. Hundreds of spectators attended the matches and no social distancing was noticed.
Djokovic’s outspoken father blamed the cancellation of the tour on Grigor Dimitrov, one of many three different gamers to check optimistic in the previous couple of days. There is no such thing as a proof to recommend Dimitrov unfold the virus to others.
“Why did it occur? As a result of that man most likely got here sick, who is aware of from the place,” Srdjan Djokovic instructed RTL Croatia TV. “He didn’t take a look at right here, he examined someplace else … I believe that’s not honest.
“He inflicted harm to each Croatia and to us as a family in Serbia,” Srdjan Djokovic stated. “No person is feeling nicely due to this case.” Dimitrov, a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist from Bulgaria, was the primary Adria Tour participant to check optimistic for the virus. He was adopted by Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.
The infections raised questions in regards to the full-fledged return of aggressive tennis, together with the scheduled U.S. Open in August.
“We have been improper and it was too quickly,” wrote Djokovic, who has beforehand stated he was in opposition to taking a vaccine for the virus even when it grew to become necessary to journey.
Dimitrov performed in matches in each Belgrade and on the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar.
He reportedly arrived in Serbia from the USA and his native Bulgaria. He didn’t instantly reply to The Related Press’ request for remark whereas recovering from the an infection in Monaco.
NBA participant Nikola Jokic, a Serb who performs for the Denver Nuggets, has additionally examined optimistic for the coronavirus. He was pictured shaking fingers with Djokovic at an exhibition basketball occasion in Belgrade this month.
Jokic is reportedly recovering in his hometown of Sombor.
Djokovic’s mom stated each her son and his spouse Jelena are feeling tremendous, however are struggling due to the widespread criticism.
“It’s horrible what’s being written, however we’re used to it,” Dijana Djokovic instructed the Belgrade Blic every day newspaper.
The coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA skilled tennis excursions in March. Plans have been introduced final week for the game’s sanctioned occasions to return in August.
The U.S. Open is scheduled to start Aug. 31 with out spectators.