Novak Djokovic has contracted COVID-19 after he was seen partying at a Croatian nightclub.
In a statement posted to his website on Tuesday, the world’s No. 1 ranked tennis player says he and his wife Jelena tested positive for the coronavirus after they landed in Belgrade, Serbia. Fortunately, their two children tested negative.
The statement also said the 33-year-old athlete “is not showing any symptoms.”
Recently, Djokovic received criticism for organizing the Adria Tour tournament in Zadar, Croatia, which was canceled before the final match after players Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric both announced they had tested positive for COVID-19.
In social media footage posted last week, Djokovic, Dimitrov, and others were seen partying at a crowded Croatian hot spot while not wearing face masks.
Comment vous dire que @AlexZverev @ThiemDomi @GrigorDimitrov @filipkrajinovic @Dutzee ont adoré l’accueil de @DjokerNole 🤔— Benoit Maylin (@BenoitMaylin) June 15, 2020
Quizz: Qui fait la limace? 🥳
(Credits to 6 people on IG : Kovacevic_bg / majamalnar / aleksandar_kk / kosuticjo / bogunovicmilos/_milenamihajlovic_/) pic.twitter.com/CSmrUBznJV
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region,” Djokovic said his statement. “The Tour has been 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.”
Though Djokovic believed his tournament was held at a time when “the virus has weakened,” he realized, “this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with.”
“I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were. 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,” Djokovic concluded, adding that he will quarantine for the next two weeks and will re-test in five days.
Djokovic’s agent Elena Cappellaro told CNN on Monday that his fitness coach Marco Panichi has also tested positive for the virus but is showing no symptoms.