ATP came back to talk about the security protections scheduled for the official resumption of competitions, starting from 2020 August 14th, perhaps probably as a result of everything that happened during the Adria Tour organized by Novak Djokovic, and after the positivity to the virus of Djokovic himself, Grigror Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.
In this statement, prior to the news related to the swab performed by Novak Djokovic, ATP has tried to explain how stringent the safety protocols relating to the official competitions that will resume in August, between Washington and New York: "The ATP wishes a complete and quick recovery for the ATP players and members of their staff who tested positive for COVID-19 following involvement in the Adria Tour exhibition tournament.
The ATP continues to urge strict adherence to responsible social distancing and health and safety guidelines to contain the spread of the virus. In planning for the resumption of the ATP Tour season from 14 August, ATP and other stakeholders have made exhaustive plans to mitigate risks through a variety of precautions and protocols to be implemented at ATP events.
We continue to plan and adjust these precautions and protocols according to the latest medical information and prioritize safety in assessing every decision”. In Belgrade and Zadar, social distancing has not been respected as everyone has seen from photos and videos shared on social media.
However, there have been no official violations of the regulations in those countries.
Positive tests during the Adria Tour
With this state ATP did not directly attack Novak Djokovic, Adria Tour organizer and president of the ATP Players Council, but the timeliness with which the men's board expressed its opinion suggests that the release of the state cannot be a coincidence.
This is Grigor Dimitrov's Instagram post after the positive swab: "I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that 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 so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy." Here Borna Coric's word after his test, shard by his Instagram account: "Hi everyone, I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for COVID-19.
I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested! I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused! I'm feeling well and don't have any symptoms [sic]. Please stay safe and healthy!
Lots of love to all!" The people tested positive for the virus during Adria Tour were, for now, Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, Christian Groh (Dimitrov's coach) and Marco Panichi (Novak Djokovic's athletic trainer).
In wake of Dimitrov's and Coric's positive tests for Covid-19, ATP issues a statement emphasizing its own "exhaustive" plans to lessen the risks of resuming play pic.twitter.com/3tUsvpIOy0 — Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 22, 2020