The world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic said on Tuesday he was tested positive on coronavirus after three of his colleagues from the Adria Tour in Belgrade and Zadar were also positive, Sport Klub reported.
It is also reported that his wife Jelena, who was in the Croatian coastal town of Zadar, was also infected. Their two children were tested negative.
Before them, a Croatian player Borna Coric, Djokovic’s and a Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov’s coaches were reported positive on the coronavirus.
Djokovic, his family and team were tested in Belgrade after returning from Zadar. He hasn’t had any symptoms.
The world number one became a target of many tennis players and media for organising the Adria Tour amid coronavirus pandemic. A German media even wrote that he „will never be a great champion.“
„All we did in the last month was honest and of a pure heart,“ Djokovic said.
He added that „our tournament was humanitarian, with the idea to help regional tennis player to play, earn some money and thus go through this difficult period a bit easier.“
„At the same time, we wanted to send messages of solidarity and fair-play respect. The aim was to help the humanitarian organisations and those whom the help was needed the most and I’m glad that so many people joined the initiative,“ Djokovic said.
He added the tournament was organised at the time when the virus weakened, „believing the conditions for the tour were there.“
„I’m truly sorry about every single case of the infection. I follow the doctors’ statements and I hope there won’t be more people infected. I hope that no one’s health state will complicate and that everyone will be OK,“ Djokovic said.
He added he would be in self-isolation for 14 days and would be tested again in five days.
On Monday, Serbia’s tennis player Viktor Troicki said he was also positive on the new virus.
He took part in the Adria Tour regional humanitarian tournament first leg in Belgrade but did not go to Zadar last weekend.