Novak Djokovic is fortunate that he’s world-historically good at tennis. Beyond his 17 Grand Slam titles and his more and more hermetic case as the best participant of all time, Djokovic is a proud endorser of the form of junk pseudo-science that’s usually reserved for listless cousins promoting Herbalife from their storage. He believes in telepathy, but not vaccines; he desires to sell you some Advanced Brain Nutrients for the low worth of $50. And now he’s treating a lethal pandemic with all of the nuance and tact that you’d anticipate from someone who believes that water pollution is actually good.
Over the weekend, two players tested positive for coronavirus while participating in the Adria Tour, an exhibition circuit hosted by Djokovic that showcases the best japanese Europeans that tennis has to supply. Those gamers? Grigor Dimitrov (the world’s 19th finest participant) and Borna Coric (world quantity 33), the withdrawals of whom pressured the tour to cancel its most up-to-date event in Zadar, Croatia. In addition to the 2 gamers, Djokovic’s health coach Marco Panichi additionally has the illness, whereas the world no. 1 himself is awaiting the outcomes of a check.
The charity-benefitting Adria Tour has undoubtedly pure intentions, however the occasion was at all times destined to finish this fashion. If Djokovic may resolve tips on how to safely reopen society, the world can be a really totally different — and more healthy — place. But he’s uniquely and resoundingly unqualified for that function, and so right here we’re.
Nick Kyrgios, the game’s clown prince who treats tennis with as a lot esteem as Djokovic treats science, publicly criticized the asphalt-brained dumbness of taking part in in entrance of a maskless, sold-out crowd.
“Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols,” he wrote on Twitter. “This IS NOT A JOKE.”
Although this barnstorming contagion practice is now on maintain, the ATP tour is scheduled to renew on August 14th. Hopefully Djokovic doesn’t get any extra huge concepts within the interim.
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