Grigor Dimitrov: Tennis event organized by Novak Djokovic under fire as players test positive for coronavirus

World number 19 Grigor Dimitrov and number 33 Borna Coric both announced that they tested positive for Covid-19 after playing in the Adria Tour tournament in Zadar, Croatia, hosted by Djokovic and quickly canceled after the test positive from Dimitrov.

Djokovic’s agent Elena Cappellaro told CNN that the Serbian has been tested and is awaiting the results, while his physical trainer Marco Panichi has tested positive but shows no symptoms.

The world number one had to face Andrey Rublev in Sunday’s final in Zadar, Croatia, before the announcement of the cancellation.

“Disconcerting decision to go ahead with” exposure “,” wrote Australian Nick Kyrios on Twitter in response to Coric’s positive test.

“Fast recovery guys, but that’s what happens when you ignore all the protocols. It’s no joke.”

Dimitrov and Coric pose for a photo during their Adria Tour semi-final match in Zadar, Croatia.
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The event was the second stage in a four-part series of exhibitions that raises funds for charity and takes place in the Balkans while the ATP tour is postponed to August 14.

“I don’t understand … no safe distancing, total physical contact, no face masks, even the fans were maskless,” wrote great tennis player Chris Evert on Twitter in response to photos of players in close physical contact. during the event.

According to the Croatian Institute of Public Health, there have been 2,317 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Croatia and 107 deaths.
Government directives allow outdoor sporting events, but it is recommended that athletes stay two meters from each other and spectators sit one and a half meters from each other.

“I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive in Monaco for Covid-19,” Dimitrov said on social media on Sunday.

“I want to make sure that everyone who has been in contact with me for the past few days is tested and takes the necessary precautions.

“I am truly sorry for any harm I may have caused. I am back home now and am recovering. Thank you for your support and stay safe and healthy.”

Croatian Coric then announced his positive test on Monday, saying he is fine and has no symptoms, and Djokovic’s future opponent, Rublev, said he has a negative test and that he s would isolate for 14 days.

Spectators watch during the Adria Tour in Zadar, Croatia.
After the first leg in Belgrade, Serbia earlier this month, Djokovic’s official Facebook account shared an article on Adria Tour that boasted: “3 days, 9 tennis players, 13 games, 10,000 visitors and millions of viewers around the world. What an incredible finale to a great weekend! ‘

“We have shown that the love of tennis lives in us and connects us all!”

Djokovic defended the organization of the event before the start of last weekend in Croatia.

“I know there have also been criticisms coming mostly from west of:” Why do we have the crowd? We have no social distancing, what’s going on, why do they have this kind of event in the midst of a really hard pandemic in the West? “”, he said on Eurosport Tennis Legends Vodcast.

“But, you know, it’s hard to explain to people that the situation is really, really different maybe in America or the UK than in Serbia or maybe in the surrounding countries.

“And obviously, from the first day of the organization of the Adria tour, we have followed the rules and measures which have been regulated by government institutions and public health establishments.

“So we never crossed these lines, we always waited for them to give us the green light if we can have the crowd, then we ask them how much we can have or if there is an obligation of social distancing or do not.

“We have gone through all of these processes and the result has been incredible.”

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While fans have been allowed to watch Adria Tour matches, the return of high-level football has seen tighter measures implemented with Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga matches taking place at behind closed doors.

Djokovic (left) and Dimitrov play basketball during the Adria Tour event in Zadar, Croatia.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited Adria’s tour on Saturday, where he was photographed with Djokovic on the event’s official Instagram account.

“At all times, we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria tour was organized,” said a statement from the organizers of the event.

“None of the people involved in the organization who have been in contact with Grigor have symptoms. However, we are in close contact with the health authorities to ensure [sic] that everyone who was in contact with Grigor Dimitrov will be tested this evening. “

In another article, the organizers advised anyone who had been in close contact with Dimitrov for more than 10 minutes to isolate themselves for 14 days and to contact their doctor.

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