Bosnian tennis star Damir Dzumhur insists Novak Djokovic's intention with the Adria Tour were pure but it ended on an unfortunate way. A total of four players -- including world No. 1 Djokovic himself -- tested positive for the coronavirus after playing at the Adria Tour.
The first Adria Tour participant to publicly reveal he was coronavirus positive was world No. 19 Grigor Dimitrov. The day after on Monday, Croatian tennis star Borna Coric and former world No. 12 Viktor Troicki also tested positive.
Yesterday, 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic confirmed what believed would be the case -- he was positive for the coronavirus. The Adria Tour events in Belgrade and Zadar featured packed crowds and players shook hands and hugged.
Djokovic has been receiving a lot of criticism over the last 10 days, especially over the last few days. Dzumhur briefly participated at the Adria Tour event in Belgrade as he was forced to withdraw from the event after only one match due to an injury.
Damir Dzumhur comes to the defense of Djokovic
"We all heard the news that Novak Djokovic was positive for the coronavirus. On this occasion, I wish him a speedy recovery and I can only confirm his words that he did everything with a pure heart and with a desire to help all tennis players.
I know how much Nole fights for all the tennis players in the world and I am really sorry that one beautiful story ended this way. Also, I am aware that this will affect our match as well, but that does not mean that Nole will not visit my city in the future," Dzumhur told Avaz.
Dzumhur, a former world No. 23, was extremely excited about welcoming Djokovic to his hometown and the capital city of Bosnia, Sarajevo. The Adria Tour was scheduled to end in early-June, in Bosnia. The Adria Tour event in Banja Luka was scheduled to run through Juky 3-4, while an exhibition match in Sarajevo between Dzumhur and Djokovic was scheduled for July 5.
"The rest of the tournament has been cancelled and we will remain focused on all those who have been affected. I pray for everyone's full recovery," Djokovic said in a social media post on Tuesday. It remains to seen if Damir Dzumhur will ever get a chance to play Djokovic in his hometown Sarajevo.