“It’s Hard To Explain To People” – Novak Djokovic Defends Decision To Have Crowds At The Adria Tour

Published 06/21/2020, 12:15 PM EDT


Novak Djokovic has faced a lot of criticism in the past few days for the flouting of social distancing rules during the Adria Tour. While the event itself was groundbreaking, there were some concerns raised by those watching.

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Novak recently spoke to the Eurosports Tennis Legends Podcast. There, the Serbian legend tried to explain the rationale. He feels that it’s a western point of view that feels that the situation as bad in Serbia as in other countries.

As per him, all regulations have been followed. In fact, all the government set rules have been adhered to. That’s why he was right.

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What did Novak Djokovic say?

Novak Djokovic also said that the event was special for him. That’s why unnecessary criticism was uncalled for.

“I know there have been some criticisms as well especially coming from the West: ‘why do we have a crowd? Why not having social distancing? What is going on and why are they having this kind of event in the midst of a very hard pandemic in the West?”

“But, you know, it’s hard to explain to people that the situation is really, really different maybe in America or the UK than it is in Serbia or surrounding countries, and obviously from the day one of the organization of the Adria Tour, [we have been] following the rules and the measures that have been regulated by obviously the government institution and the public health institution.”

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“We have never crossed those lines, so we always waited for them to give us a green light whether we could or could not have the crowd, and then we asked them once we could have, how much we could have, whether there was a social distancing or not. So we have been through all those processes and the result of it all is amazing.”

If what Novak Djokovic says is correct, then the criticism is indeed unfair. However, a slight degree of social distancing is still required. The pandemic is still pretty strong and might cause many more dangers.

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Aryan Sharma is a WWE and Tennis author and editor at EssentiallySports. Being a journalism graduate from Delhi University, he combines his love for creating content with an astute knowledge of almost three eras of professional wrestling. He's also a Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova fan and likes to write on the social impact of these two legends beyond their achievements on the tennis court.

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