Sacramento Kings star Bogdan Bogdanovic is the latest Serbian athlete to come to the defense of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic as he insists the world No. 1 had only good intentions with the Adria Tour. A total of four players who participated at the Adria Tour -- including 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic -- have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Adria Tour featured packed crowds in Belgrade and Zadar and players shook hands, hugged and there wasn't too much social distancing. However, the Adria Tour organizers have adamantly claimed they didn't breach any of the safety measures issued by the governments in Serbia and Croatia.
Unfortunately for Djokovic, he has received a lot of criticism as the founder of the Adria Tour. "I am sorry for the unpleasant events that are currently happening to Novak. I know that the best intention was behind everything, as so far, in everything he did.
Let's not forget how much Novak has provided to fans around the world, and especially to our Serbia and our people. He is a part of Serbia and will always be our champion. Novak, you are an inspiration for many, it will always be like that.
I wish you a speedy recovery, persevere even in these difficult times," Bogdanovic said, as revealed on Alo.
Novak Djokovic apologized and admitted mistakes were made
"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," Djokovic said in a note posted on his social media. "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. "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."
Novak Djokovic and his wife were feeling well after testing positive for the coronavirus as they are in self quarantine.