Novak Djokovic has announced that it has tested positive for coronavirus. After Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric, also the organizer of the Adria Tour – itinerant tennis tournament in the Balkans, without any rule of social distancing – was subjected to a buffer in Belgrade and was infected. tested positive at Covid-19 – reads his staff statement – He doesn’t experience any symptoms.
According to Serbian media reports, two other protagonists of the tournament, played with open doors (two stages have been held so far, in Belgrade and Zara), would have had the same result from the test: Kristijan Groh, coach who is part of the Dimitrov team, and Marco Panichi, Djokovic’s Italian athletic trainer.
In addition, five players from the Belgrade Red Star tested positive after playing a game against Partizan on 10 June, in front of 16,000 spectators.
The risk was to have rekindled, with the tournament, an outbreak between Belgrade, Serbia, home of the first stage, and Zadar, Croatia, where it was played until Saturday, when Dimitrov retired in the grip of suspicious tiredness, returning to Montecarlo to do the swab, going through a series of events open to the public and packed with children, attracted by the possibility of meeting the champions, full stadiums and even a disco party.
One wonders how many cases will arise from the senseless gatherings of football and tennis, while the No. 3 in the world Dominic Thiem, the No. 7 Alexander Zverev, the Russian Andrei Rublev and the Croatian Marin Cilic announce negative tests in tweets all equal to deep contrition (We are sorry to have endangered the health of others, we start 14 days of voluntary quarantine), crocodile tears of those who should have moved with more awareness of the danger.
Novak Djokovic, who left Zara for Belgrade, thus confirms himself as a two-faced character: on the one hand the powerful donations for the fight against Covid in Serbia and the hospitals of Bergamo, on the other the imprudence of certain statements made on social media during the lockdown ( The pandemic is an exciting period), the known anti-vaccine positions (not a crime but its role would require much less recklessness) and the sensational misstep of the Adria Tour, which lays bare the haste with which certain sports have rushed to return in the field.
Violent criticism of the Djoker on social media, including from colleagues (Congratulations on the leadership! Nick Kyrgios says), while the party of those who would like the Serbian to step down from the role of union leader grows. At the end of August 600 tennis players will enter the US Open bubble behind closed doors (burst tests, armored hotels): difficult to count on everyone’s common sense, as the Adria Tour sadly teaches.
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