World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus following an exhibition event he organized in Croatia, said CNN.

His wife Jelena had also tested positive upon returning home to Serbia, while his children’s results were negative.

The 17-time grand slam champion faced criticism after the report that Grigor Dimitrov’s tested positive.

Dimitrov also played in the fundraising charity event and the first to contract the virus. 

Djokovic is a notable organizer of the tennis tournament.

In a statement that Djokovic posted on social media, he said he is “deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm.”

He added that the organizers would be rendering health resources with those who attended the events.

The event was held in Belgrade, Serbia and Zadar, Croatia.

He assured the spectators to the event was “pure (of) heart and (has) sincere intentions.”

He said this in the statement published on his Twitter account:

“We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons.”

“We were wrong… I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.”



Djokovic also reassures spectators in Belgrade and Zadar; “we will be sharing health resources in the immediate future.”

“The rest of the tournament has been canceled and we will remain focused on all those who have been affected. I pray for everyone’s full recovery,” he said.

He urged everyone who attended the Adria Tour or was around any attendees to get tested and practice social distancing.

Who’s Tested Positive So Far?

Chris Evert earlier criticized the lack of social distancing between players.

Because of this Number 33 Borna Coric also tested positive for coronavirus.

So did, Djokovic’s his fitness coach Marco Panichi.

There were no words yet, whether Andrey Rublev also contracted the virus.

Before the tournament was canceled, Rubley was supposed to have a tennis match with Djokovic.


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