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Coronavirus: Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19 following controversial tennis tour

Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus after hosting a controversial tennis tournament across eastern Europe.

The men’s world number one tennis player confirmed the diagnosis in a statement.

In April, Djokovic had revealed he was an anti-vaxxer – and that it could get in the way of his return to competitive tennis once the sport resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.

Sky’s Martha Kelner said: “Djokovic has become the fourth player to test positive for coronavirus after his Adria Tour, which took place in the Balkans with zero social distancing.

“The world number one organised the tennis event which took place in Belgrade, Serbia and Zadar, Croatia. Fans were able to freely mingle with players who also played basketball and danced in nightclubs.

“Two members of Djokovic’s support staff along with players Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Victor Troicki have tested positive.”

In a statement, the Serbian said that his wife, Jelena, also tested positive for COVID-19, but his children tested negative.

Defending his tournament, he said: “Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.

“The tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from south-eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation. It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this.”

He continued: “We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the tour had been met.

“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.

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