Novak Djokovic’s dad blames Grigor Dimitrov for coronavirus outbreak in extraordinary rant

Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, has stunningly blamed Grigor Dimitrov after the Adria Tour was forced to be cancelled following a number of players testing positive for COVID-19. The ATP Tour has been suspended since February with no tennis events taking place due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Croatia had eased some of their lockdown measures when Djokovic organised an unofficial charity event where a number of the world’s best players came together to play in an Eastern European tour.

But even more surprising was the fact roughly 4,000 fans were packed into the arenas while players had also been pictured dancing in a nightclub and playing basketball with one another in an apparent disregard for social distancing completely.

The event descended into chaos after Dimitrov had tested positive for coronavirus, after facing off against Borna Coric.

The Adria Tour was swiftly cancelled but both Coric and Viktor Troicki have since revealed they too have contracted coronavirus.

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Djokovic himself came under heavy scrutiny after refusing to be tested on site, instead flying directly home to Belgrade where he then underwent a test.

On Monday, the world No 1 confirmed he too had tested positive for coronavirus, along with his wife, Jelena.

But Djokovic’s father has incredibly blamed Dimitrov for the breakout of the coronavirus at the Adria Tour.

“No one feels well now, including Novak, but we have to find the way out from this situation,” he told RTL.


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“In my opinion, Grigor Dimitrov is responsible for all this, refusing to test in Zadar and coming ill from who knows where.

“That’s not right, causing a lot of damage to Croatia, Novak’s family and Serbia.

“We would be thrilled to repeat the event in Zadar and offer the crowd a great time in the future.”

Nick Kyrgios, who has labeled the decision for the exhibition tournament to go ahead as “boneheaded”, was equally as damning on Djokovic’s father’s comments.


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Posting a photo of Djokovic and his father on Instagram, Kyrgios wrote: “Nah bruh don’t push the blame.”

Djokovic and those who tested positive for coronavirus will now quarantine for 14 days, but it has raised more questions on whether the ATP Tour will restart as planned.

Last week, the ATP confirmed the first event back would be in August at the Citi Open.

The US Open will also go ahead as scheduled from August 31 to September 13, but there will be no spectators allowed.

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