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#1 Tennis player in the world under fire after wild party spreads coronavirus to other players


Belgrade (dpa) – Three more people involved in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition series were infected by the coronavirus, Croatian officials said on Monday, a day after Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov said that he had tested positive.

The head of the Zadar district crisis headquarters Sime Vickovic told state TV HRT that three of the 19 people initially tested were positive. He revealed no names, but Croatian player Borna Coric himself confirmed that he was among them.

“Hi everyone, I wanted to inform you that I tested positive for Covid-19,” Coric said on Instagram. “I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested!”

He said that he was displaying no symptoms and apologized “for any harm” he may have caused.

Separately, Belgrade media reported that Djokovic’s coach was also infected.

Djokovic, who came under fire for organizing the tournament with few health precautions and publicly partying after the Belgrade round even as the tennis world remains in lockdown, reportedly refused to be tested and returned to Belgrade to consider his steps.

Others, including Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Germany’s Alexander Zverev, showed up at the local clinic for testing, the daily 24Sata reported online.

The Serbian world number one player had also frequently been criticized over publicizing his position against vaccination and his promotion of pseudo-medicine.

The final of the tournament in Zadar, played a week after the inaugural leg in Belgrade, was cancelled before its scheduled conclusion on Sunday after Dimitrov announced he was infected. The finalists were Djokovic and Russian Andrei Rublev.


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