Legendary tennis player Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19

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17-times Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic has announced, he and his wife has tested positive for coronavirus after playing in a series of matches without paying heed to social distancing.

The report comes after the champion and his wife went to attend a match he has organized in Serbia and Croatia. Djokovic becomes the fourth player to contract the virus after participating in the Adria Tour in Serbia and Croatia, multiple media reports confirm. The others were Viktor Troicki, Grigor Dimitrov, and Borna Coric.

The World’s No 1 has been tested positive, however, there are no symptoms yet. He and his wife are reportedly self-isolating for 14-days.

“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative,” Djokovic told in a statement.

Djokovic’s charity tournament has drawn criticism for flouting social distancing rules, where tennis players were seen hugging and shaking hands during matches.

However, the tennis world champ apparently defended the matches he has organized. “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,” he wrote in the statement.

However, he apologized for anyone who contracted the virus from the tournament as the match has been lifted off in Zadar until further notice.

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