The president of the ATP, Andrea Gaudenzi, criticized the attitude of the tennis players during the Adria Tour, in which several players have been infected, and pointed out that it will serve to make the events safer. This Tuesday, the Serbian Novak Djokovic confirmed that it has tested positive for coronavirus, as the Bulgarian has done in the past few days Grigor Dimitrov, the Croatian Borna Coric and the Serbian Viktor Troicki, all participating in the exhibition.
Gaudenzi, in statements to the New York Times, believes that this experience will help make events safer in the future. “This is like when your kids start riding a bike and you tell them they have to put on a helmet. They tell you no, no and no. Then they get on the bike and fall off. From there they already put on the helmet ”, assured the manager. "Now we all know that we can get it easily, so we will be much more careful," he added.
The ATP announced last week the calendar for the coming months, with the resumption of the circuit on August 14 with the tournament in Washington.
The positive of Djokovic was informed this Tuesday, after underwent a coronavirus test in Belgrade. His children, for their part, tested negative. It is worth noting that, according to the local press, at first the athlete did not want to perform the swab despite the positive cases registered within the "Adria Tour" (The final against the Russian Andrei Rublev was suspended by this situation picture).
"Everything we did in the last month, we did it with a pure heart and sincere intent. Our tournament aimed to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region, "explained the athlete in a statement. In addition, he assured that he is not showing any symptoms after testing positive.
Who came to the crossroads of number 1 in the ATP ranking was also his colleague Nick Kygios. The Australian, used to constantly criticized for their behaviors on and off the courtHe took the opportunity to use that as a rematch: "My prayers to all the players who have contracted the COVID-19. Don't blame me for what I could have done that was 'irresponsible' or branded 'stupidity'. This is the last straw (or ‘takes the cake’), ”he wrote. Kyrgios. Previously, he had cited the news of the Serbian positive and had expressed "Oh boy".
The publication of the 25-year-old player quotes another where there is a video of the night party in which they participated Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Filip Krajinovic and Dusan Lajovic, in addition to other people in the organization and invited by the players themselves.
While in Serbia the confinement had relaxed, it was surprising that in the Adria Tour Many activities have been carried out without respecting any of the basic rules to reduce the risk of contagion of COVID-19. There were hugs, public in the stands and there were almost no masks. A follower attacked the participants of the celebration and he decided to retweet the comment: "How silly everyone can be honestly", was the phrase that he expressed from the user @mel_maizels and to which Nick gave validity.
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With information from EFE