Tennis champ Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19, apologizes for holding tournament: 'We were wrong'
Tennis champion Novak Djokovic apologized after being the fourth player to test positive for COVID-19 at his charity tournament.
Djokovic, who is number 1 in sports, said in a statement on Tuesday: "I am very sorry that our tournament has caused damage."
"Everything that the organizers and I have done in the past month has been done with a pure heart and sincere intentions. We were convinced that the tournament met all health protocols and that the health of our region appeared to be in good condition for philanthropic reasons to finally unite people, "he said. "We were wrong and it was too early. I cannot express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection."
Three other tennis players participating in the Adria Tour, a tournament organized by Djokovic in Croatia and Serbia, have tested positive. All games have been canceled.
Djokovic said in his statement: "If you have participated in the Adria Tour or have been near participants, please get tested and practice social distancing."
PHOTO: Serbia's Novak Djokovic speaks at a press conference on June 19, 2020 in Zadar, Croatia. (Antonio Bronic / Reuters)
Djokovic had defended his tournament in a statement he published on Tuesday. In this statement, he said the event was "intended to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion across the region".
"The tour was designed to provide both established and emerging tennis players from Southeast Europe with access to competitive tennis while the various tours were interrupted due to the COVID 19 situation," said Djokovic. "It was all born with a philanthropic idea to direct all the funds raised to people in need, and it warmed my heart to see how strongly everyone reacted to it."
PHOTO: Serbia's Novak Djokovic, center, poses with volunteers and players after the Adria Tour Charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, June 14, 2020. (Darko Vojinovic / AP)
"We organized the tournament the moment the virus weakened because we thought the conditions for hosting the tour were met," he said. "Unfortunately, this virus is still there and it is a new reality that we are still learning to deal with and live with."
Djokovic said he would isolate himself for the next 14 days and repeat a coronavirus test in five days.
Djokovic's wife has also tested positive for the corona virus, but her children are negative, he said.
ABC News' Dimitrije Stejic contributed to this report.
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