Tennis: Djokovic should feel responsible after COVID positives, says Evans
LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic, the world's number 1, should raise his hand and take responsibility after Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric tested positive for COVID-19 while participating in his Adria Tour exhibition tournament, said Dan Evans on Monday.
The tournament, which also included top names such as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, took place in Belgrade and Zadar. The players also played basketball and danced together without following the social distance protocols.
"I don't think he should have a player party and dance on top of each other," Evans told reporters ahead of Jamie Murray's "Battle of the Brits" tournament, which starts on Tuesday.
"Two very good tennis players tested positive. He should feel a bit responsible for his event and how it really happened.
"It's very unfortunate that Grigor has it and Coric has it, but you're pulling it back, is it a surprise? I think that's the question we should all ask ourselves."
Djokovic's own corona virus test results will be announced on Tuesday at 1745 CET / 1545 GMT. After that, he will go public, Serbian media reported on Monday, citing his PR team.
The ATP and WTA tours, which were suspended in March due to the pandemic, are expected to resume in August. The US Open and French Open start on August 31 and September 27, respectively.
"I think we could definitely learn from this and hope that this event doesn't affect the US Open," added Evans at the Adria Tour exhibition tournament.
"I hope there will be no second guess at the US Open because of some unfortunate events."
Murray said that the London tournament will now take center stage, but everything has been done to ensure that no one is infected with the virus.
"All the boys were tested this morning, which was mandatory for all participants in the event," said Murray.
"If someone gets sick during the week, they obviously fail, but then everyone is tested daily from that point until the end of the tournament."
(Reporting by Tim Hart in London; additional reporting by Zoran Milosavljevic in Belgrade; writing by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)
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