Croatia’s former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic said yesterday he has tested positive for coronavirus just days after attending an exhibition tournament organised by world number one Novak Djokovic, whom he coaches.
“Unfortunately...I have just found out that I tested positive to Covid-19,” Ivanisevic said on Instagram.
“I feel good and I don’t have any symptoms,” the 48-year-old Croat said and asked everyone who has been in close contact with him to take good care of themselves and their loved ones.
“I will continue to self-isolate,” said Ivanisevic, adding that he had tested negative twice in the past 10 days.
Ivanisevic is part of world number one Djokovic’s coaching team and was the director of the now-abandoned Adria Tour which led to several top players becoming infected with coronavirus.
Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive after taking part in the second leg of the event held in Zadar, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, last Sunday.
Players had embraced across the net, played basketball and even danced in a nightclub the week in the first leg played in Belgrade.
Djokovic was widely criticised for hosting the charity tournament.
On Tuesday he issued an unstinting apology for the now-cancelled Adria Tour, where social distancing was minimal and matches were played in front of thousands of fans.
The 33-year-old Serbian has said he is “so deeply sorry” that the tournament “caused harm”.
His wife Jelena has also tested positive after the couple travelled back from Croatia to Belgrade to be tested.
Ivanisevic strongly defended Djokovic after the tournament.
“Everyone is so smart now and many attack Novak, it is rather popular,” he told local media this week.
The Croat argued Djokovic “tried to make something big, something with a charitable character after we were all locked up for three months”.
Meanwhile, Coric has told fans he is feeling well and experiencing no symptoms.
“A few days have passed since I tested positive for Covid-19,” world number 33 Coric said on Twitter, with a picture of him standing on a treadmill.
“I’m extremely grateful that I still feel well and don’t have any symptoms...TY very much for all the messages of love and support I have received whilst isolating.”
Djokovic has apologised and said the timing of the event was “too soon” while world number three Dominic Thiem, who played in the Belgrade leg, said players behaved “too euphorically”.
Djokovic’s compatriot, Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, came to his defence, saying there has been a “campaign” against him despite the event breaking no local rules.
In an open letter published by Serbian media, Matic said the “mice” had came out of their holes to criticise Djokovic.
“Very soon the cat will be on the court, and the mice back in the hole,” he wrote.”The only thing I hold against Novak is that he apologised to the mice who criticise him for no reason.
“No, Nole.They will apologise to you — soon.”
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