Two tennis players test positive for coronavirus after playing in Djokovic's 'bone-headed' tournament
Grigor Dimitrov serves on the Adriatic Tour in Belgrade, Serbia on June 14, 2020. (Predrag Milosavljevic / Xinhua via Getty)
Grigor Dimitrov is the newest tennis player who has tested positive for corona virus after participating in the Adriatic Tour.
The competition is a series of events organized by Novak Djokovic, the world's number 1. The opening round was held in Djokovic's homeland of Serbia with this second leg in Zadar, Croatia, at the weekend.
Australian player Nick Kyrgios, who did not take part in the tournament, described the decision to hold the event as "bone-headed".
He added: "People with a quick recovery, but that's what happens when you ignore all the protocols. That's no joke."
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In Croatia, pre-event lockdown measures were relaxed and players were not asked to be socially distant even though fans were participating in the games.
Dimitrov retired from the tournament on Saturday when he got sick. His opponent that day, Borna Coric, has since tested positive for the virus.
In his positive test, Dimitrov said: "I'm so sorry I did damage. I tested positive for Covid-19 in Monaco. I want to make sure that everyone who has been in contact with me in the past few days has it gets." tested and takes the necessary precautions.
"I'm back home now and I'm recovering. Thank you for your support and please stay safe and sound."
Both players played basketball with Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic in their spare time, posted videos on social media and were filmed together in a nightclub.
The final on Sunday, in which Djokovic would have participated, was canceled.
Coric came into contact with at least 10 other players during the tournament.
Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Novak Djokovic during the Adriatic tour. (Photo by Nikola Krstic / MB Media / Getty Images)
The Adria Tour released a statement on Sunday alleging that it had followed all security measures.
It said: "As a precaution and to protect the health of all participants and visitors, the organizers of the Adria team decided to cancel the grand finale of the tennis spectacle scheduled for tonight.
"We have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in the countries where the Adriatic tour was organized.
“None of the people involved in the organization who were in contact with Grigor have any symptoms.
"However, we are in close contact with the health authorities to ensure that all people who have been in contact with Grigor Dimitrov will be tested this evening."
The tour was launched by Djokovic as a charity event in former Yugoslavia. Normal tournaments have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The rest of the legs were to be played on June 27th and 28th in Montenegro and on July 3rd and 4th in Bania Luka, Bosnia. The Montenegrin leg has been canceled, the Bosnian leg is expected to follow.
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