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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their singles match on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Novak Djokovic Tests Positive For COVID-19

After receiving criticism for numerous tennis players testing positive for COVID-19 at his exhibition tournament, Novak Djokovic has now tested positive for the virus himself.

The number-one tennis player in the world is the fourth player who participated in the event to test positive for coronavirus. He issued a statement that was posted on his website addressing the situation.

“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,” he said. “My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative. Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region. The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation. 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. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”

Djokovic was the subject of severe criticism after inviting numerous players from around the world to participate in the event despite the pandemic. 

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