Novak Djokovic, the world No 1 tennis player, has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Serbian becomes the latest player who featured on the ill-advised Adria Tour last week to contract Covid-19, with events going ahead without any social distancing protocols and with full stadiums in Croatia.

Djokovic’s positive test follows similar results for Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki, who all played at events last week and joined each other in games of football, basketball and on nights out.

In a statement issued on his official website, Djokovic confirmed that both he and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning to Belgrade from the Croatian city of Zadar, where the most-recent Adria Tour event was being held.

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

The 17-time Grand Slam winner added: “I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.

“I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”

Djokovic organised the event to take place in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia, although the Montenegrin government stepped in to cancel their event and next weekend’s two-day affair in the Bosnian city of Banja Luka is now certain to be abandoned too.


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