After tennis star Novak Djokovic made it clear he was “opposed to vaccination” and wouldn’t “be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” well guess what? Big surprise, he has tested positive for coronavirus.
This comes after he organized and hosted The Adria Tour, an exhibition series in Croatia — which by the way had the final match canceled after fellow player Grigor Dimitrov tested positive. Two other players who participated, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki, also tested positive for COVID-19, along with Novak’s wife Jelena.
Turns out maybe all those health regulations everyone was worried about were a big deal after all!
Apparently no social distancing measures were put in place during the matches in Croatia and Serbia, with players traveling into the countries to participate. Videos surfaced just days ago of Djokovic and several other tennis stars, including Coric and Dimitrov, partying in a Serbian nightclub.
In a statement on Twitter, Novak wrote:
“Hi everyone – We’re back in Belgrade and I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 as well as Jelena. The kids have tested negative. We will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days and repeat the test in 5 days.”
Thank goodness his children are safe! We sincerely hope he will rethink his stance on vaccines and also social distancing moving forward!!
The message continued (below):
“I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. Everything the organizers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. We believe the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally reunite people for philanthropic reasons. We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.”
The father of two concluded the statement:
“If you attended Adria Tour or were around any attendees please get tested and practice social distancing. For those in Belgrade and Zadar, we will be sharing health resources in the immediate future. The rest of the tournament has been canceled and we will remain focused on all those who have been affected. I pray for everyone’s full recovery.”
Prior to his own diagnosis, the 33-year-old defended the decision to host the charity event, writing on his website:
“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. We organized 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. 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.”
We hope everyone has a full and fast recovery — but also that this will serve as a warning to others who want to flout safety precautions.
Listen to the experts and stay safe, people!
[Image via Oscar Gonzalez/WENN.]