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The world of tennis goes sad as Novak Djokovic is Coronavirus positive

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Novak Djokovic, the world's number one in men's tennis, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organised in Serbia and Croatia.


The top-ranked Serb is the 4th player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Serbia's capital, Belgrade, and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive.


"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," Djokovic said in a statement. He has been criticized for organizing the Adria Tour and bringing in players from other countries during the coronavirus pandemic.


Those who tested positive for COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus, after the tour include: Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki and his pregnant wife, Djokovic's coach Marko Paniki, Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov and his coach Christian Grob, as well as Croatian tennis player Borna Coric.


There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country. The 17-time grand slam champion said he was sorry that the tournament had caused harm and acknowledged "we were wrong and it was too soon". He said that the organizers would be sharing health resources with those who attended the events in Belgrade, Serbia, and Zadar, Croatia.

I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. Everything the organizers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons. We were wrong and it was too soon. I can't express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection

"If you attended the Adria Tour or were around any attendees please get tested and practice social distancing. For those in Belgrade and Zadar, we will be sharing health resources in the immediate future. The rest of the tournament has been canceled and we will remain focused on all those who have been affected. I pray for everyone's full recovery", Djokovic added.

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