Ten days after the announcement that Novak Djokovic and his wife had tested positive for Coronavirus, their media team, on Thursday, announced that the couple had beaten the infection.
“Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade,” his media management team stated.
Djokovic was the fourth player from the ill-conceived Adria Tour to have tested positive for the virus.
The charity event, organized by the Novak Djokovic foundation, was meant to be played over four Balkan cities. But the tournament was cancelled mid-way, during the second-leg in Zadar, when one of the players, Grigor Dimitrov, revealed that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
Since then, Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki and his pregnant wife, Djokovic and his wife, two of the coaching staff and Djokovic’s coach and the tournament director of the Zadar leg, Goran Ivanisevic, also contracted the virus.
Djokovic had found a lot of support in his home country of Serbia, and even the Prime Minister Ana Brnabic defended the world No 1, saying, “It’s my fault, not Novak Djokovic’s, leave the man alone.”
The tournament was apparently organised when the health protocols in Serbia were more relaxed. There was no social distancing observed and the players were seen participating in football and basketball matches, and partying at a night club.
But there has been a spike in cases in the Balkan nation recently, with more than 200 cases being recorded daily for the past five days. Some restrictive measures have been re-introduced in Serbia.
In the wake of the positive tests at the event, Djokovic had apologized and said that the tournament was done with a ‘pure heart’ and for ‘philanthropic reasons’. But his father, Srdjan, shifted the blame on Dimitrov.