The shocks just don’t seem to stop for Novak Djokovic and the organizers of the Adria Tour. In the latest news, Goran Ivanisevic, who is a key component of Djokovic’s team as well as his coach has tested positive for the coronavirus.
He wrote the following message on his Instagram to inform anyone who had come in contact with him.
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Nažalost, nakon dva negativna testa u posljednjih 10 dana, upravo sam saznao rezultate današnjeg, trećeg testa i on je pozitivan na Covid-19. Osjećam se dobro i nemam nikakvih simptoma. Želim obavijestiti sve koji su bili u kontaktu sa mnom na činjenicu da sam Covid-pozitivan i zamoliti ih da poduzmu sve potrebne korake da zaštite sebe i svoje bližnje. Ja nastavljam s ranije započetom samoizolacijom. Želim svim zaraženima što skoriji oporavak.
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Goran Ivanisevic strongly defended Novak Djokovic
In an interview with The New York Times, Ivanisevic had come out in staunch defense of Novak Djokovic. As per the Croatian coach, Djokovic was being used as a soft target.
“The players came in Belgrade and we had good tennis and a good atmosphere. Everything in Serbia and everything in Croatia was done with the recommendations by the government.”
Videos of Djokovic and other players at a nightclub circulated on social media but Ivanisevic spoke of individual responsibility.
“OK, maybe you didn’t need this,” he said. “But they are all individuals. Nobody forced anybody to come into that club. Nobody forced anybody to dance. Nobody can tell you to go on the stage, take your shirt off and dance.”
“And how do you know anyone even got infected at that party?”
This logic will now be questioned considering that even as he has tested positive now. It’s not as if it wasn’t abundantly clear earlier.
This also puts a big question mark on future tournaments. Considering the safety of everyone involved, they might face greater scrutiny. Player and fan health will certainly be given a lot more priority.