It is getting from bad to worse as Victor Troicki from Serbia has become the 3rd players to be test Covid19 positive in the Novak Djokovic-organised Adria Tour exhibition event.
Troicki played in the first leg staged at Djokovic’s tennis complex in central Belgrade from 13-14 June. Earlier yesterday both Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Croatia’s Borna Coric had announced that they have tested positive after playing in the Adria Tour.
Fans, fellow tennis players criticizing Djokovic for organizing the tournament
Novak Djokovic has been slammed by the tennis players and fans across the world for organising the tournament which has now raised unprecedented question over the restart of ATP and WTA events.
Novak Djokovic gave clarifications after facing endless criticisms and said that the situation was very different in Serbia in comparison to the rest of the world. He added that the event was held according to the rule laid out by the governement.
“I know there have been some criticisms as well especially coming from the West: ‘why do we have a crowd? Why not have social distancing?” Djokovic had said.
“But it’s hard to explain to people that the situation is really, really different maybe in America or the UK than it is in Serbia or surrounding countries, and obviously from the day one of the organisation of the Adria Tour, [we have been] following the rules and the measures that have been regulated by the government institution and the public health institution.”
Ace Australian tennis player Nicky Kyrgios came down heavy on Novak Djokovic and called his decison of organising the event “boneheaded”.
“Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE,” Kyrgios wrote on social media.
Briton Dan Evans, who had earlier criticised Novak Djokovic over his concerns’s regarding Covid-19 protocols at upcoming US Open, also slammed Djokovic and asserted that the Serbian should feel responsible for all the chaos.
“I don’t think he should be having a players’ party and dancing all over each other, Two very good tennis players have tested positive. He should feel some responsibility in his event and how it’s transpired, really,” Evan said.