World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19

Published June 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said Tuesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the fourth player to contract the virus after taking part in his exhibition tennis tournament in the Balkans.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia (JULIAN FINNEY / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia (JULIAN FINNEY / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP) / File Photo)

Djokovic, who is “not showing any symptoms” according to a statement from his spokesperson, joins Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki in testing positive for COVID-19.

Djokovic said his wife Jelena also tested positive while the results of their children were negative.

“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection,” the 33-year-old Serb said in a statement.

“I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said, adding that he would go into self-isolation for the next 14 days.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic poses with volunteers after the final match between Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem and Serbian tennis player Filip Krajinovic at the Adria Tour, Novak Djokovic's Balkans charity tennis tournament in Belgrade on June 14, 2020. - The ATP and WTA Tours have been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will not resume at least until the end of July 2020. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic poses with volunteers after the final match between Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem and Serbian tennis player Filip Krajinovic at the Adria Tour, Novak Djokovic’s Balkans charity tennis tournament in Belgrade on June 14, 2020. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov, the world number 19, announced on Sunday he had tested positive after pulling out of the event, the biggest since the tennis season was halted because of the pandemic.

Croatia’s Coric and Troicki of Serbia also followed suit on Monday, revealing they also had tested positive.

Sunday’s final in the Croatian coastal town of Zadar, which was supposed to feature Djokovic and Russia’s Andrey Rublev, was cancelled.

Some 4,000 fans watched the first leg of the tournament in Belgrade earlier this month.

The slew of positive tests raises questions over the sport’s planned return in August.

 
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