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‘I’m so sorry’: Grigor Dimitrov tests positive for Covid-19, A week after playing Djokovic’s exhibition tournament

Vishnu Vasisht

Competing in the Adria Tour, Grigor Dimitrov had to withdraw from the second stage of the exhibition tournament organized by Novak Djokovic. The Bulgarian tested positive for Covid-19. The tournament final is now canceled.

The problem is that last weekend the first stage of the Adria Tour took place without any social distancing (in accordance with the instructions imposed by the Serbian government) and Dimitrov was very close to many players such as Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev.

As a result of Dimitrov's positive test, the second stage of the Adria Tour, in Zadar, will not have a final this Sunday evening. "We have just been informed of the positive result of the Grigor's Covid-19 test, we must cancel the final. It is the best possible decision. We must guarantee the safety of all participants. The people who have been in contact with Grigor will be tested,” said Goran Ivanisevic, the director of the event.

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URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT 📢‼️ The Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has tested positive for COVID 19. A positive test was confirmed to him tonight in Monaco. As a precaution and to protect the health of all participants and visitors, the organisers of Adria Team have decided to cancel the Grand Finale of the tennis spectacle planned for tonight. ⠀ At all times we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria Tour was organised. None of the people involved in the organisation and who have been in contact with Grigor have any symptoms. However, we are in close contact with health authorities in order to insure that all people who were in contact with Grigor Dimitrov will be tested tonight. Since we do not want to risk, we decided to cancel the Final match. The concert of Peter Graso, which was supposed to take place after the final match, was also canceled. For the organizers of the Adria Tour, the health of all participants and visitor comes first. ⠀ More information soon. ⠀ Thank you for understanding! #AdriaTour

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Current number 19 in the ATP (Association of Professional Tennis Players) world ranking, Grigor Dimitrov announced on his Instagram. Champion of the ATP Finals in 2017, he participated last week in a tournament organized by Novak Djokovic, in Belgrade, which was attended by an audience - the majority without a mask.

This Saturday, the Bulgarian entered the court for the Serbian's exhibition tournament, but this time in Croatia, and gave up the game against Borna Coric for not feeling well.

“I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19,” Dimitrov wrote on Instagram.

“I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions. I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy.”

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