On Tuesday tennis world number one Novak Djokovic announced that he and his wife, Jelena, tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement, Djokovic expressed sincere apologies to his fellow players and anyone who might have been infected with Covid-19 because of the tournament. Djokovic helped organize the Adria Tour in Serbia and Croatia this month.
“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.”
Djokovic had traveled home from the tournament after it was canceled while other players remained. The organizers said he was allowed to go home because he showed no symptoms.
“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
“We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met. Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope with and live with.”
The tournament in Zadar, Croatia, was canceled after one of the players, Grigor Dimitrov, tested positive test for COVID-19