Images of gamers hugging on the web, enjoying basketball collectively and partying at Novak Djokovic’s charity exhibition in Serbia and Croatia have been “disappointing” and tennis should study its lesson, in accordance with outgoing Wimbledon chief Richard Lewis.
Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki contracted the coronavirus after enjoying within the Adria Tour, which drew huge crowds and noticed gamers pose for footage.
Lewis, who will step down because the CEO of All England Lawn Tennis Club in July, informed British media he hoped everybody made a speedy restoration however that the errors of the occasion should not be repeated.
“The photographs have been disappointing and I believe that … what wants to come back out of it’s all people concerned – not simply gamers, however directors, organisers, entourages – understands that the protocols, guidelines and laws are in place for a motive.
“That’s a very essential lesson to study.”
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The COVID-19 pandemic pressured the suspension of the skilled season in early March and the 2020 Wimbledon championships have been then cancelled.
The US Open is the subsequent Grand Slam on the calendar and organisers plan stringent measures to maintain these collaborating protected.
Some high gamers, together with Djokovic, had initially referred to as these measures “excessive”.
With the Serbian world No.1 heading the boys’s gamers council, Lewis urged athletes to play a much bigger management function.
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“I might hope from an organisers’ viewpoint – to illustrate the U.S. Open and Roland Garros, but in addition the opposite worldwide tournaments – that protocols will probably be simpler to implement and noticed than they in any other case may need been,” stated Lewis.
“I sincerely hope that when worldwide tennis tournaments resume, the game will probably be extra disciplined and observe the protocols in place at no matter event is being staged on the time.”