Former player Goran Ivanisevic announced he was positive for nCoV on June 26, after two previous negative tests.
Besides Ivanisevic, at least two other coaches and four ATP players were positive for nCoV, including Novak Djokovic. These people all attended the charity tournament Adria Tour organized by Djokovic. Grigor Dimitrov, a Bulgarian player from the top 20 in the world, is considered to be the cause of the virus spread. All participants in Zadar, Croatia are in quarantine.
Two members of Djokovic’s coaching staff were positive for nCoV, including Ivanisevic and fitness coach Marko Paniki. In the days before the second leg of the Adria Tour was held in Zadar, Croatia, there was no new case. The Croatian government, therefore, granted permission for the tournament to take place without strict adherence to the rules on social spacing.
Ivanisevic won the Wimbledon 2001. Since leading Djokovic in 2019, he has helped the world’s number one tennis player significantly improve his serve.
Prior to the pandemic, “Nole” was the highest performing player with 18 games to win in 2020. But the achievement was difficult to maintain, when the Serbian tennis player became infected. In April, Djokovic strongly opposed the use of the anti-nCoV vaccine when playing again.
Djokovic is infected with nCoV
Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena were both positive for nCoV, according to the announcement of the world’s number one player on June 23.
Djokovic, previously, was heavily criticized for hosting the Adria Tour charity event in the Balkans – the tournament series is considered the cause of spread among tennis circles. Before “Nole”, there were three players positive for the virus in the past few days, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.
At the Adria Tour, participants did not use any isolation measures. The big players, after playing, interact with the fans by jumping seasons and shouting with the crowd. They then go to nightclubs together. Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Andrey Rublev also attended, but negative for nCoV.
Djokovic has publicly stated his intention to abandon the US Open because of fears of an epidemic in New York, and once claimed not to use the anti-nCoV vaccine when ATP Tour returned.
With the world’s number one player and a number of other names infected with the virus, ATP is unlikely to return in August as expected. Djokovic, with a history of asthma, will experience significant physical decline with nCoV infection.