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Grigor Dimitrov: Bulgarian tests positive for coronavirus after Adria Tour events
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/53131665

World number 19 Grigor Dimitrov, who played in both of Novak Djokovic's recent Adria Tour events, has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Bulgarian, 29, withdrew from the second tournament in Zadar, Croatia on Saturday with sickness after his opening loss to Borna Coric.

"I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused," he said.

Sunday's final, which would have featured world number one Djokovic, has been cancelled.

Dimitrov, who also played in the first event in Belgrade last week, wrote on Instagram: "I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions.

"I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy."

The tournaments were set up by world number one Djokovic to help players get back to match fitness after several weeks without competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. Several top-10 players have been competing including Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.

The first event in Serbia attracted 4,000 fans, and several thousand attended in Zadar.

With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures before the events, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in either country and were seen embracing at the net at the end of their matches

Pictures on the tournament's social media from three days ago show Dimitrov playing basketball with Djokovic, Zverev and Marin Cilic, while he also put his arm around Coric before their match.

Djokovic's coach and event director Goran Ivanisevic told fans courtside the final was off because of Dimitrov's positive test.

Tournament organisers said the final was cancelled "as a precaution and to protect the health of all participants and visitors".

A statement read: "At all times we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria Tour was organised.

"None of the people involved in the organisation and who have been in contact with Grigor have any symptoms.

"However, we are in close contact with health authorities in order to insure that all people who were in contact with Grigor will be tested tonight. Since we do not want to risk, we decided to cancel the final match."

There have been no professional tennis events organised by the main men's and women's tours since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The US Open will be held without fans from 31 August to 13 September, despite some players voicing concerns about travelling to New York.

Analysis
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

There have been handshakes and hugs. They have got up close and personal to play football and basketball, and celebrated the end of the first leg in Belgrade with some improvised limbo dancing in a nightclub.

Crowds were made welcome by the authorities, but that does not mean social distancing should have been abandoned by the players, who had arrived from various different locations for the Adria Tour series.

And then onwards to others. Dominic Thiem, who was part of the show in Belgrade last week, has been playing in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in the south of France this weekend.

Most of those on the Adria Tour have sounded distinctly lukewarm about the prospect of travelling to New York for the US Open - and it has not been hard to empathise with some of their concerns.

But when watching the pictures from Belgrade and now Zadar, the feeling is simply one of bemusement.
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Report Angoose June 22, 2020 11:25 AM BST
And now Borna Coric has tested positive for coronavirus. Shocked

Nick Kyrgios says it was a "bone-headed decision" to go ahead with the Adria Tour after Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric tested positive for coronavirus.

Bulgarian world number 19 Dimitrov, 29, withdrew from the tournament in Zadar, Croatia, on Saturday with sickness after losing to 23-year-old Croatian Coric, who played again on Sunday.

The series of events is hosted by world number one Novak Djokovic.

"Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the 'exhibition'," Kyrgios said.

With Croatia easing lockdown measures before the event, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules and were seen embracing at the net at the end of their matches.

Pictures on the tournament's social media from three days ago show Dimitrov playing basketball with Djokovic, Zverev and Marin Cilic, while he also put his arm around Coric before their match.

Australian Kyrgios added: "Speedy recovery fellas, but that's what happens when you disregard all protocols. This is not a joke."

Djokovic's agent confirmed on Monday that the Serb had not yet been tested, but would have a test.
Report Angoose June 22, 2020 11:26 AM BST
It's a strange old world when Piers Morgan and Nick Kyrgios become the voices of reason Surprised
Report wisewords June 22, 2020 12:00 PM BST
When will Novak Djokovic test positive for coronavirus?
Report Angoose June 22, 2020 2:58 PM BST
Croatia’s Borna Coric and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov are among at least four people to test positive for COVID-19 after participating in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour tennis tournament over the weekend.

Along with the two players, a coach and a trainer connected to the event have also tested positive.
Report wisewords June 22, 2020 3:39 PM BST
Sad
Report Angoose June 22, 2020 3:43 PM BST
Djokovic's career as a promoter is over before it truly began Surprised
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 22, 2020 4:34 PM BST

Jun 22, 2020 -- 3:58PM, Angoose wrote:


Croatia’s Borna Coric and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov are among at least four people to test positive for COVID-19 after participating in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour tennis tournament over the weekend. Along with the two players, a coach and a trainer connected to the event have also tested positive.


and who knows how many spectators?

Report Angoose June 22, 2020 5:28 PM BST
British men's number one Dan Evans says Novak Djokovic should "feel some responsibility" after Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric tested positive for Covid-19 at his Adria Tour event.

Bulgaria's Dimitrov played Croatia's Coric on Saturday in the second leg of the world number one's event in Zadar.

Andy Murray says it has been a "lesson for us all", while Nick Kyrgios says it was a "bone-headed decision" to play.

"I just think it's a poor example to set," said Evans.

Serbia's Djokovic is currently waiting to hear the results of his test, which was carried out earlier on Monday.

"Once you start having mass gatherings with people coming in from all sorts of countries, it's a recipe for it to kick off," Murray said, as he prepares for this week's Schroders Battle of the Brits.

"So it's kind of a lesson for all of us - if we weren't already - to take this extremely seriously, and to have as many safety measures in place as possible."

Evans, 30, thinks Djokovic - who is president of the ATP Player Council - has some questions to answer.

"Put it this way, I don't think you should be having a players' party and then dancing all over each other," Evans said.

"He should feel some responsibility in his event and how it's transpired."

The first leg of the tour in Serbia attracted 4,000 fans, and concluded with players dancing close together in a Belgrade nightclub.

"Running exhibitions is good," Evans continued. "But even if the guidelines in that country are not two metres, it's not a joke, is it?

"Even if the guidelines were taken away in this country to normal, I'd still be trying to keep myself out of the way as much as I could from other people.

"I just think there's been a total disregard to that, really, and it's very unfortunate Grigor has it, Coric has it. I hope there's no second guessing on the US Open now, because of some unfortunate events."


I guess that's Dan off Novak's xmas card list then, eh. Angry
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 22, 2020 6:30 PM BST
Players need to remove him for Players council imo.
Report GRANTCKING June 22, 2020 6:57 PM BST
moveeeeeeee bitch you got corona virus ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh sh1t you got corona virus!!!
Report wisewords June 22, 2020 8:16 PM BST
Crazy Cooper
Report wisewords June 22, 2020 8:23 PM BST

Jun 22, 2020 -- 4:43PM, Angoose wrote:


Djokovic's career as a promoter is over before it truly began


and he was so happy during the Belgrade event. he was partying like a mad man at the after party celebration

Report wisewords June 22, 2020 8:28 PM BST
St. Dan Evans sticking the boot in on Novak
Report GRANTCKING June 22, 2020 8:32 PM BST
Grin
Report GRANTCKING June 22, 2020 8:33 PM BST
wise u watched the latest eddie interiew on ifl from yesterday?
Report wisewords June 22, 2020 9:57 PM BST
I watched a 50 minute one the other day from his office with Kugan there with him. has there been another one after that?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2020 1:11 PM BST
and now Novak Djokovic has it too!
https://twitter.com/ozmo_sasa/status/1275398688223965184
Report Angoose June 23, 2020 1:21 PM BST
SurprisedShockedScaredWhoops
Report Angoose June 23, 2020 1:22 PM BST
Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus.

The men's world number one tennis player confirmed the diagnosis in a statement.

In April, Djokovic had revealed he was an anti-vaxxer - and that it could get in the way of his return to competitive tennis once the sport resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.
Report Angoose June 23, 2020 3:59 PM BST
And there's more ......

The beleaguered world No 1, Novak Djokovic, has tested positive for coronavirus, along with his wife, Jelena, throwing tennis into turmoil as the sport’s official tour prepares to resume after a four-month lockdown.

They join three other leading players and two trainers infected by the disease towards the end of the Serb’s unsanctioned Adria Tour, which was aborted moments before the final in Croatia on Sunday.

Djokovic expressed regret and sympathy but little contrition in a prepared statement. He was clearly upset that his close friend, Viktor Troicki, and the Serb’s pregnant wife, along with Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric – who played each other on Saturday - as well as Dimitrov’s coach and his own fitness trainer had also tested positive.

It is difficult to predict the further fallout from the Balkans fiasco, but Djokovic will likely come under serious pressure to step down as president of the ATP players council, where he has wielded much influence the past couple of years.
Report Angoose June 23, 2020 4:00 PM BST
He could be snapped up for a job in Johnson's cabinet Sad
Report wisewords June 23, 2020 4:25 PM BST

Jun 23, 2020 -- 5:00PM, Angoose wrote:


He could be snapped up for a job in Johnson's cabinet


Laugh

Report A_T June 23, 2020 7:05 PM BST
very good Angoose Laugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2020 10:17 PM BST
Olga Danilovic has tested positive, as has NBA star Nikola Jokic who was interacting with the players during this event.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2020 10:18 PM BST
Cry ffs
Olga negative. Jokic positive.
Report wisewords June 23, 2020 10:33 PM BST
so Olga is fine?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2020 11:21 PM BST
yes
Report Hank Hill June 23, 2020 11:31 PM BST
This is truly an upside down world now where NK is the voice of reason and djok is a clown  Sad
Report wisewords June 24, 2020 12:12 AM BST
Nick Kyrgios and Dan Evans, the voices of reason.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2020 12:21 AM BST
Scared
Report sageform June 24, 2020 8:46 AM BST
Djockovic now positive as well. Serves him right for ignoring international advice.
Report salmon spray June 24, 2020 2:14 PM BST
Has Djokovic previously demonstrated he has the IQ of an amoeba ?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2020 6:43 PM BST
no, this is a recent thing (March and onwards).
Report Platini June 25, 2020 6:31 PM BST
NK couldn't wait to have a pop.

Can't wait for their next match Laugh
Report tyco161 August 27, 2020 9:35 PM BST
And a couple of months on, Djoker is the favourite for the US Open. What has contracting corona done for him? Not a lot. A bit amount of hand wringing over nothing. Corona is at worst slightly worse than the flu, at best nothign to worry about. Why are we doing all this evasive stuff globally when this year less than 1 million people have died from corona, but 70 million have died from other causes.
Report Hamlin August 28, 2020 3:22 PM BST

Aug 27, 2020 -- 10:35PM, tyco161 wrote:


And a couple of months on, Djoker is the favourite for the US Open. What has contracting corona done for him? Not a lot. A bit amount of hand wringing over nothing. Corona is at worst slightly worse than the flu, at best nothign to worry about. Why are we doing all this evasive stuff globally when this year less than 1 million people have died from corona, but 70 million have died from other causes.


Yeah.... I mean, why wear seat belts when people still die from car crashes. Why do anything, people still die. Its all or nothing, either no deaths or no evasive measures. Moron.

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