Tennis star Novak Djokovic apologizes after getting Covid-19

"We were wrong": The current best player in the world, according to ATP rankings organized a tennis tournament called Adria Tour in Serbia, Croacia, Montenegro y Bosnia-Herzegovina with players like German Alexander Zverev, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Austrian Dominic Thiem. After the exhibition tournament, that hosted also friendly soccer and basketball matches, some COVID-19 new cases were confirmed.   

  • People around the world criticized the event that didn't apply social distancing measures, with players hugging with fans and partying in close door environments without any t-shirt on. 
  •  Djokovic said in a social media post "If you went to the Adria Tour and were close to an attendee, take a test and practice social distancing" after the wave of infections that was unleashed by the event.
  • The Serbian never respected the pandemic saying he would refuse a vaccine and kept up his life as if nothing was happening. Himself and his wife Jelena were confirmed positive cases after the tennis exhibition. 
Novak Djokovic didn´t took any measures concerning social distancing during his Adria Tournament

The 33-year-old tennis player, current world number 1, insisted on Twitter: “We were wrong and it was too soon. I can't express how sorry I am for this and all cases of infection”.

From hugging his teammates, not respecting social distancing, not using face masks, he did everything wrong concerning hygiene and protocol measures.

Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem. Source: Reuters


After that course, Djokovic tested positive, as did his colleagues Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki. The tests also marked the presence of the virus in coach Kristijan Groh, who handles the Bulgarian player, and in Novak's physical trainer Marko Paniki.

NBA player for the Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic also contracted the virus after meeting with Djokovic for an event.

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