Djokovic, the world number one tennis star scheduled to play in Sunday’s final, confirmed on Tuesday that both he and his wife, Jelena, had tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Serbia, and the results of his children were negative.
In a statement posted on his website, Djokovic defended the Adria Tour, a four-stage charity event held in the Balkans.
“Everything was born with a charity idea, to direct all the collected funds to people in need and it warms my heart to see how everyone responded to it,” said the 17-year-old grand slam champion.
“We organized the tournament at a time when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for the Tour are being met.
“Unfortunately, this virus still exists and is a new reality that we are learning to deal with and live with.
“I hope things will relax over time so that we can all start living the way we used to. I am very sorry for every single case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health and that everyone will be fine. “
Djokovic added that he would remain in solitary confinement for the next 14 days and take another test in five days.
With the suspension of the ATP Tour until August 14, the Adria Tour started in Serbia earlier this month and both events have been held with the participation of fans.
The eight players who are playing in Zadar last weekend were photographed nearby, posing for photos and playing basketball together. Croatian Borna Coric confirmed that he had also been tested positive for coronavirus.
Nick Kyrgios’s colleague described the decision to host the “head-to-head” tour, while the great tennis player Chris Evert pointed out the lack of social distance between the players.
“Everything we did last month was done with a clear heart and sincere intentions,” Djokovic said in a statement on Adria’s tour.
“Our tournament was aimed at uniting and sharing a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
“The Tour is designed to help both established and up-and-coming tennis players from Southeast Europe gain access to competitive tennis, while various excursions are pending due to the Covid-19 situation.”