Nick Kyrgios has hit out at the ‘boneheaded decision’ to push ahead with Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour after Borna Coric and Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for coronavirus.
There were astonishing scenes in the midst of a global pandemic when crowds gathered in Croatia and Serbia. Some of the world’s top tennis players rubbed shoulders with supporters, played basketball in close quarters and danced together in nightclubs.
While the countries have not been particularly hit by coronavirus, the lax approach to social distancing has backfired with Dimitrov and Coric – who played each other at the weekend – both contracting Covid-19.
Coric confirmed the news on social media on Monday, writing: ‘I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for Covid-19.
‘I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested! I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused! I’m feeling well and don’t have any symptoms.’
Kyrgios, the world No. 40 from Australia, wished him well but was quick to criticise the staging of Djokovic’s event.
‘Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the “exhibition”,’ he posted on Twitter.
‘Speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE.’
The final of the event in Zadar was cancelled after Dimitrov tested positive. Reports in Croatia suggest that three players and staff members have tested positive for coronavirus. Reports in Serbia claim that one of those who has tested positive is a member of Team Djokovic.
Pictures have emerged of Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev – the opponent Djokovic was scheduled to face in Sunday’s final – all being tested. It’s reported they all tested negative.
Djokovic, who does not have any symptoms, did not get tested in Croatia and instead returned to Serbia where he will contact an epidemologist and his doctor.
The event has served as a stark warning for tournament officials as tennis plots its return in August.
There will be significantly stricter restrictions in place at the US Open – Djokovic had been a vocal critic of some of the measures suggested – as tennis looks to restart safely.
A statement from Adria Tour organisers on Sunday read: ‘At all times we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria Tour was organised.’
Dimitrov, who had travelled back to Monaco, apologised for the part he played.
‘I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused,’ Dimitrov said. ‘I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19.
‘I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions.
‘I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy.’
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