Novak Djokovic (1 ATP) is in the spotlight in the world sport, during this period, after he decided to organize the Adria Tour, a competition after which several athletes, including the Serb, were infected with the new coronavirus.
The Serb was criticized from all sides, and his first reaction was one in which he acknowledged that he did not realize that the epidemic was not disappearing and expressed the hope that no one would suffer because of this. event organized with good intentions.
Former tennis player Marc Rosset (50 years old), Olympic champion in the 1992 singles event, also commented on the situation generated by the organization of the Adria Tour, saying that everything that happened does not do Djokovic any good.
The Swiss also spoke about the outrageous messages sent to the press by Djokovic’s father, Srdjan. He recently criticized Roger Federer, saying that he was “just a soulless Swiss” and that he did not understand why “a 40-year-old guy wants to play tennis instead of sitting at home”.
Rosset suggests that this loss of popularity would make Djokovic stand out in more ways than Federer and Nadal, but the latest such action has had the opposite effect.
“Taking chronologically the events of the last days, there was also the departure of his father to Roger Federer, which I consider inadmissible. Even if you love your child more than anything else in this world you are not allowed to say such things.
I do not want to judge the man, because everyone has his own source of motivation and his own beliefs, but, generally speaking, Novak Djokovic remains an enigma. It is difficult for him to compete with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in terms of popularity. I realize how frustrated he is!
It is the world number one, but it meets two legends. Djokovic, between his father’s statements and the Adria Tour fiasco, failed to score at all in the public chapter. Above all, it doesn’t help the image of tennis, “Rosset told Bluewin, quoted by tennisworldusa.org.
Social distance was not respected on the Adria Tour
In Serbia and Croatia, because distance measures are not mandatory, they were not applied and participants were seen playing basketball, football, tennis, hugging in front of the public, both in Belgrade, where the first stage of the Adria took place. Cup, as well as in Zadar.
In the first tournament, in Belgrade, the spectators in the stands did not keep their social distance and did not wear masks. The players hugged on the field, and Djokovic then posted photos with a party of the players after the matches.
After Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Marko Paniki (Djokovic’s physical trainer), Kristijan Groh (Dimitrov’s coach), Viktor Troicki and his pregnant wife, Goran Ivanisevic (Nole’s coach) and Novak Djokovic and his wife, Jelena, were tested positive for COVID-19.
The “Adria Tour”, organized by Djokovic in the Balkans to raise money for charity and to offer players matches in a competitive season suspended from March to August due to the coronavirus pandemic, began with the Belgrade stage, won by the Austrian Dominic Thiem, and would continue with a third stage, in Bosnia (Banja Luka, July 3/4), after the tournament in Montenegro (June 27/28) was canceled.