Novak Djokovic has come under intense fire for hosting a tennis tournament during a global pandemic. The exhibition event had to be scrapped on Saturday after four players tested positive for COVID-19.
To make matters worse a pregnant woman – which is classed as a vulnerable person – also tested positive for the killer virus.
Djokovic ignored social distancing guidelines as he competed in a well-attended tournament across Southeastern Europe.
Many of the world’s top players, including Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, took part in the competition.
Grigor Dimitrov became the first player to test positive for coronavirus on Saturday and he was followed by Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.
The Adria Tour was cancelled and Djokovic flew home to Belgrade to take his own test which produced a positive result, as did his wife Jelena.
It is unclear if any of the spectators or staff at the tournament contracted COVID-19.
But Troicki’s wife, who is carrying his child, did.
Good Morning Britain host Morgan slammed Djokovic for putting on the tournament and for the videos which have circled on social media of the 17-time Grand Slam winner partying and hugging many others in what appears to be a busy club.
“One of the infected people is the pregnant wife of his close friend – the Serbian player – Viktor Troicki,” Morgan fumed on the ITV breakfast show.
“I mean to have caused a situation where one of your best friend’s wives is pregnant and gets infected with the virus. It was so reckless.
“Some of the scenes – the partying scenes – let us look at this.”
Djokovic has since apologised for putting on the event and vowed to follow the rules from here on in by quarantining for 14 days.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,” the Serbian said in a statement.
“Our tournament was meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
“The Tour was designed to help both established and up-and-coming tennis players from south-eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the Covid-19 situation.
“It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need, and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this.
“We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met.
“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with.
“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection.
“I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that every will be fine.
“I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”
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