Mumbai: World’s number one men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID19 on Tuesday.
In a statement, the 33-year-old Serbian tennis player said that he was not showing any symptoms but went to be tested as they arrived in Belgrade. Djokovic and his wife Jelena were found positive for COVID19, while their children tested negative.
“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days,” said Djokovic.
The tournaments where Djokovic played were packed during the opening leg in Belgrade, players seeing hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures, and attending press conferences together.
The player said that the motive behind the tournament was noble and he wanted to raise funds for the players in need.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,” said Djokovic, who is the head of the player’s council of the men’s ATP Tour. “Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.”
“The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation,” he further added.
Serbia and Croatia eased lockdown measures weeks before the event, so it seems players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in both countries.