Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus

BELGRADE, SERBIA (AP) — Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organised in Serbia and Croatia.

The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive.

“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative,” Djokovic said in a statement.

Djokovic has been criticised for organising the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Viktor Troicki said yesterday that he and his pregnant wife have both been diagnosed with the virus, while Grigor Dimitrov said he tested positive. Borna Coric played Dimitrov last Saturday in Zadar and said he has also tested positive.

There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.

“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,” Djokovic said. “Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.”

File photo shows Novak Djokovic posing for a photo with Dominic Thiem after the final match of the Adria Tour. PHOTO: AFP