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“It Was More the Damage Than the Benefits” – Roger Federer’s Coach on Adria Tour

Published 07/12/2020, 11:57 AM EDT

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The Adria Tour has been in headlines for months now. Novak Djokovic organized the ill-fated event and had to suffer its consequences. Four including the Serbian were tested positive for the coronavirus. Now Roger Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic has given his opinion about it.

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The Adria Tour happened without any precautions. Social Distancing wasn’t followed and masks were not mandatory. Djokovic later did apologize for the event and said it happened with a good thought in mind.


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The Adria Tour was not a bad idea – Roger Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic

Ljubicic in an interview with Novi List also said the same thing. He did not disregard the event but pointed out that it could have been handled better.

Note: Quotes are translated from Croatian to English


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“The Adria Tour was not a bad idea, however, it is clear that things had to be done differently. The lack of attention and indiscipline, the carelessness in the indications, and the acts carried out outside of tennis were decisive for the thing It will end as it ended,” Ljubicic said.

It was a lesson for everyone that the virus is supreme now. It has to be taken seriously. And Ljubicic also understands that.

“In the end, it was more the damage than the benefits. Everyone learned from that mistake and they know how they do not have to act for the next time. The virus is an adversary that does not sleep,” he said.


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Ljubicic also updated everyone on Borna Coric’s situation. Coric was also part of the Adria Tour and he contracted the virus in Croatia. Ljubicic mentions that Coric is in confinement and is training at home. He is asymptomatic and safe.


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“Borna is fine. He was an asymptomatic person and his life was not in danger. We got him a treadmill, an exercise bike, and is currently at home training to return in the best possible way,” Ljubicic said.

Ljubicic would now solely focus on Federer’s return in 2021. Federer had a knee surgery ruling him out of 2020.

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Written by:

Bhavishya Mittal


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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.
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