Djokovic, the world # 1 tennis star, scheduled to play in the final on Sunday, tested on Tuesday that both he and his wife Jelena were positive for Covid-19 after returning to Serbia, confirming that their child’s results were negative.
In a statement posted on the website, Djokovic advocated organizing the Adria Tour, a four-stage charity event in the Balkans.
“It was born with a philanthropic idea, warming my heart to direct all collected funds to people in need, and to see how everyone reacts to it,” said the 17th great slam champion.
“We organized the tournament believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour were fulfilled as soon as the virus was weakened.
“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it’s a new fact that we still learn to cope and live together.
“I hope everything will be relieved over time so we can all lead their lives as they are. I’m extremely sorry for each case of infection. I hope it doesn’t make anyone’s health difficult and everyone is fine.”
Djokovic added that he would isolate himself for the next 14 days and will do another test in five days.
When the ATP Tour was postponed until August 14, the Adria Tour started in Serbia earlier this month and both events took place with the participation of the fans.
Eight players competing in Zadar last week were physically photographed nearby, posed for photos and played basketball together. Croatian Borna Coric confirmed that she also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Tennis player Chris Evert noted the lack of social distance between players, while player Nick Kyrgios called for the decision to host the tour “boneheaded”.
“We did everything we did last month with pure heart and sincere intentions,” Djokovic’s statement relates to the Adria Tour.
“Our tournament was to combine and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
“The tour was designed to help both resident and future tennis players from Southeast Europe access some competitive tennis, while waiting for various tours due to the Covid-19 situation.”