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Tennis World Number One Novak Djokovic Tests Positive For Covid-19

Vishnu Vasisht

Like Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki, the Serbian world number 1, Novak Djokovic tested positive for Covid-19.

Organizer of the Adria Tour, an exhibition tournament which took place in Serbia and Croatia but whose final, scheduled for Sunday, was canceled as fellow tennis star Grigor Dimitrov had tested positive.

In a statement, Djokovic indicates that he does not have any symptoms. “My result is positive. Just like my wife Jelen's. The children have been tested negative," said Djokovic.

The Serb organized the Adria Tour last month, a tennis tournament with several world top players, but there were hardly any hygiene regulations. There were many people in the stands, there were no masks and no distance was kept at all. In addition, the tennis players went to parties in the evenings. The first weekend, tennis was played in Belgrade in Serbia, the second in Zadar, Croatia. The tournament was supposed to continue for two more weekends, in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"Everything we've done in the past month came from a good heart, with genuine intentions," said Djokovic. “Our tournament was meant to unite and radiate solidarity. We organized the tournament when the virus was weakened and thought that all conditions were met. Unfortunately, the virus was still there and this is a new reality. I am very sorry that people have become infected. I hope everyone gets on well. I will remain in isolation for the next fourteen days. ”

It is salient that Djokovic earlier spoke against a vaccination for the coronavirus. "I personally am against vaccination and I would not want to be forced by anyone to take a vaccine to travel," the world's number 1 had said in a Facebook chat with Serbian fellow athletes at the time.

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