Dimitrov positive for COVID-19, exhibition event canceled
Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia in which the high-ranking Novak Djokovic was supposed to play in the final.
Dimitrov, 19th place and three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, is currently the best-known player who claims he has the virus. His Sunday announcement on his Instagram page comes at the end of a week when the US Open said it would go on.
The professional tennis tours have been suspended since March and are scheduled to resume in August.
Goran Ivanisevic, one of Djokovic's coaches, said Dimitrov's news was "shocking" and "now everyone needs to be tested."
Dimitrov said he made his condition public because he wanted to make sure that anyone who has been in contact with me in the past few days is tested.
"I'm so sorry for the damage I could have done," he wrote.
The Bulgarian was represented last week in the Serbian part of the Adriatic tour organized by Djokovic. It was criticized that the exhibition, which took place in front of crowded stands in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, had no social distance. The Serbian government lifted most virus restrictions last month, despite dozens of new cases being registered.
Dimitrov played a match against Borna Coric in Croatia in the Adriatic resort of Zadar on Saturday in the second leg of the exhibition series. After the match, he complained of fatigue. He said in his post that he was tested in Monaco.
The organizers said on Sunday that the exhibition had now been canceled. Djokovic should play in the final against the Russian Andrey Rublev.
In addition to Djokovic, other leading players took part in the events, including Dominic Thiem in Belgrade and Alexander Zverev in both tournaments.
"We are really sorry, we have tried our best to respect all measures and we have respected all measures imposed by the governments of Serbia and Croatia," said event manager Djordje Djokovic, Novak Djokovic's younger brother.
'' On our part, we did everything we could, but Grigor is unfortunately positive. At this moment we are organizing all medical services to check that all people who have come into contact with Grigor are being tested. I have already contacted all Adria Tour players and their families, all volunteers, everyone involved in the organization - absolutely none of them have any symptoms. ''
He added: `` Before he came to Zadar, Grigor was in his home country (Bulgaria), we don't know if he got the virus there. All people who had close contact with him here are tested. ''
Novak Djokovic initially struck a skeptical tone when he played at the US Open in Flushing Meadows from August 31 to September 13.
Some of the sport's top names, including defending champion Rafael Nadal and senior Ash Barty, have raised concerns about going anywhere the COVID 19 outbreak was a hot spot. Others expressed their willingness to become active again.
The US Open is usually the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament each season, but would be the second major in 2020 after the Australian Open, which closed in early February.
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