- 23 Jun 2020
Novak Djokovic’s first public statement was heavily anticipated upon, after three Adria Tour participants tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 48 hours. The World No 1 broke the silence on Tuesday in a statement issued by his camp, to announce he also tested positive for Covid-19, as well his wife Jelena. Their children have tested negative.
“Immediately upon his arrival in Belgrade, Novak was tested along with all members of the family and the team with whom he was in Belgrade and Zadar, the statement explained. He is not showing any symptoms.”
Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena tested positive for coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/xehb3CHEc5
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 23, 2020
“It is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with”
After Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all announced they have tested positive for Covid-19 following the second Adria Tour leg the past weekend in Croatia, Djokovic was already under fire. But he assured that the event, cancelled following this news, was created “with a pure heart and sincere intentions”.
“Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.”
“We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met. Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.”
However, Djokovic apologized to all persons contaminated during the Adria Tour. “I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.”
Heavily criticized by some of his peers these last days, the ATP Players’ Council president find himself in a tough situation. One that could impact the rest of his pro career and his tennis legacy.
Djokovic announced he will self-isolate for 14 days and will have another test on Friday.