Serbian football star Marko Grujic has come to the defense of Novak Djokovic as he says people are quickly forgetting the donations the Serb made a few months ago. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, has been receiving lots of criticism over the last few days after four players tested positive at the Adria Tour.
The Adria Tour organizers have said several times they didn't breach any of the measures issued by the governments in Serbia and Croatia. "He donated one million euros to Serbia and gave the same amount of money for the hospital in Bergamo, and he also forwarded large funds to Spain.
If that was the only thing he did, he's already the greatest hero among athletes when it comes to efforts to lower the consequences of the virus. But he didn't stop there, he wanted to help tennis players who were not able to compete, travel, and who barely survive," Grujic told Telegraf.
Djokovic created the Adria Tour to fulfill his dream of having a tennis tour around the Balkans but also to help those who needed help. The Adria Tour was a humanitarian event and Grujic suggests those who criticize Djokovic should have that in mind.
"That must not be forgotten and those things get easily overlooked. People act like it didn't even happen, which is a shame," Grujic said.
Grujic praises Novak Djokovic for coming out and admitting his mistake
On Tuesday, Djokovic said in a note posted on his social media: "I'm so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm.
Everything the organizers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite for philanthropic reasons.
"We were wrong and it was too soon. I can't express how sorry I'm for this and every case of infection. If you attended Adria Tour or were around any attendees please get tested and practice social distancing. For those in Belgrade and Zadar, we will be sharing health resources in the immediate future."
Grujic saw those comments and reacted: "Novak showed greatness and humanity there as well, because he publicly apologized and admitted that he made a mistake. And it is human to sin. He had the best intentions. He did everything that was in accordance with the regulations and rules." Novak Djokovic and his wife are feeling well after testing positive for the coronavirus.