Novak Djokovic’s mother and father defended their son on Wednesday and blamed one other tennis participant for spreading the coronavirus at a collection of exhibition matches hosted by the top-ranked participant.
Djokovic and his spouse examined constructive for the virus on Tuesday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion then apologised on-line for organising the Adria Tour occasions, which introduced collectively skilled gamers from numerous nations to play matches in Serbia and Croatia.
Thousands of spectators attended the matches and no social distancing was noticed.
Djokovic’s outspoken father blamed the cancellation of the tour on Grigor Dimitrov, one of many three different gamers to check constructive in the previous few days. There isn’t any proof to counsel Dimitrov unfold the virus to others.
“Why did it occur? Because that man in all probability got here sick, who is aware of from the place,” Srdjan Djokovic informed RTL Croatia TV.
“He did not check right here, he examined some other place … I believe that is not truthful.
“He inflicted injury to each Croatia and to us as a household in Serbia. Nobody is feeling nicely due to this example.”
Yet Dimitrov’s agent, Georgi Stoimenov, fired again at Djokovic Sr.
“Grigor landed straight in Belgrade after three months of full isolation. Neither in Belgrade nor later in Zadar he was supplied or required by him to check for coronavirus,” Stoimenov mentioned.
“The occasion organizers are those accountable for the secure working of the occasion and creating guidelines to comply with. Grigor strictly revered all the principles imposed by the organisers of the event and current legal guidelines and rules within the crossing of the border between Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia.”
Dimitrov, a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist from Bulgaria, was the primary Adria Tour participant to check constructive for the virus. He was adopted by Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.
The infections raised questions concerning the full-fledged return of aggressive tennis, together with the scheduled U.S. Open in August.
“We have been improper and it was too quickly,” wrote Djokovic, who has beforehand mentioned he was towards taking a vaccine for the virus even when it turned necessary to journey.
Dimitrov performed in matches in each Belgrade and on the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar. He reportedly arrived in Serbia from the United States and his native Bulgaria. He didn’t instantly reply to The Associated Press’ request for remark whereas recovering from the an infection in
NBA participant Nikola Jokic, a Serb who performs for the Denver Nuggets, has additionally examined constructive for the coronavirus. He was pictured shaking fingers with Djokovic at an exhibition basketball occasion in Belgrade this month.
Jokic is reportedly recovering in his hometown of Sombor.
Djokovic’s mom mentioned each her son and his spouse Jelena are feeling superb, however are struggling due to the widespread criticism.
“It is horrible what’s being written, however we’re used to it,” Dijana Djokovic informed the Belgrade Blic each day newspaper.The coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA skilled tennis excursions in March. Plans have been introduced final week for the game’s sanctioned occasions to return in August.
The U.S. Open is scheduled to start August 31 with out spectators.