Dominic Thiem, the 3rd place in the world, who participated in the first stage of the “Adria Tour” in Belgrade, made his self-criticism a few days after the positive coronavirus test of several players, including the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the world leader, informs L’Equipe.
Dominic Thiem has been tested for COVID-19 5 times in the last 10 days
Present in Belgrade two weeks ago at the first stage of the “Adria Tour”, a tournament organized by Novak Djokovic and then canceled after several players became infected with COVID-19, Dominic Thiem announced that he had been tested five times in the last ten days, and the result has been negative every time.
“I was shocked to hear what happened on the Adria Tour. We played without an audience for weeks, so we were happy to have fans at this competition. We trusted the measures put in place by the Serbian government regarding COVID- 19, but we were too optimistic, “said Austrian Dominic Thiem, who has returned to his homeland.
Spacing measures were not mandatory and were not applied
In Serbia and Croatia, because distance measures are not mandatory, they were not enforced 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.
“Our behavior was a mistake. We acted too euphorically. I am extremely desolate. I wish a speedy recovery to all those who have been infected,” Thiem added.
Who tested positive for COVID-19
The final of the tennis tournament in Zadar, within the “Adria Tour” circuit, organized by the Serbian Novak Djokovic, was canceled last Sunday, after the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov announced that he was tested positive for the new coronavirus.
After Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Marko Paniki (Djokovic’s physical trainer), Kristijan Groh (Dimitrov’s coach), Viktor Troicki and his pregnant wife, and Novak Djokovic and his wife, Jelena, 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.