Novak Djokovic issues apology after testing positive for Covid-19

By Emma Williams - World Healthcare Journal

After the discovery that Novak Djokovic has become the fourth participant to contract Covid-19 from the Adria Tour, there lies a possibility that hundreds of people may have been infected.

On Tuesday, the world number one released a statement in which he revealed both he and his wife had both tested positive for the coronavirus upon their arrival at Belgrade on Monday, following his refusal to be tested in Zadar the previous day due to his lack of symptoms.

Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also recently tested positive for the virus due to their participation in the tournament, which saw an absence of social distancing, face masks and other safety measures recommended to prevent further risk of infection.

This puts pressure on the upcoming US Open and French Open to review their safety procedures if they are to go ahead as scheduled.

Concerns have been expressed by both players and spectators alike over travelling to these competitions; which may now be viewed as potential coronavirus hotspots following the announcement that multiple players have tested positive.

Currently, proposed measures for the US Open are doing little to reassure players that it is safe to take part, particularly after the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since 1945, which has not been reorganised.

The final of the Adria Tour was also cancelled after Djokovic’s test result was released, and is unlikely to be rescheduled. These changes have created increasing amounts of fear and uncertainty surrounding the remaining events.

“We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus had weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met … 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,” said Djokovic in his statement.

Dimitrov also released a statement, in which he “wants to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions … I am sorry for any harm I might have caused. ”

Furthermore, this is not the first time Djokovic’s unorthodox beliefs have been aired. In April, Djokovic announced that he was an “anti-vaxxer”, and has since expressed his reluctance to receive a mandatory vaccination to be able to take part in the US Open in August, describing the potential requirement as “extreme”.

This is in sharp contrast to the restart of other sports around the world, such as the Premier League and Bundesliga, where safety measures are under continuous review to allow the sport to resume safely.

So far, in the most recent round of testing in the Premier League, only one member of staff has tested positive for the virus out of a pool from 1,829.

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