Novak Djokovic Tests Positive For COVID-19
Even the number one tennis player in the world was not able to avoid contracting the coronavirus. It was just announced that Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the virus after participating in an exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia, which he organized. His wife also tested positive for the virus while his three children all tested negative.
Djokovic was criticized for bringing in players from all around the world to compete in the event. He noted that the competition was put together due to the fact that he felt the spread of the virus was slowing.
"Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions," Djokovic said in his statement. "Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region."
"We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met," he said in the statement. "Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.
"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."
He and his wife are not the only ones that contracted the virus at that even as Viktor Troicki, Grigor Dimitrov, and Borna Coric also tested positive for COVID-19. Djokovic has apologized to anyone who has caught the virus and he also states that he will put himself in self-isolation for 14 days. It is slightly ironic that he caught the disease as Djokovic has stated that he will be against taking the vaccine, once one is ready, even if it was mandatory to compete on tour. We shall have to see how that one plays out.