What happened at the Adria Tour characterized a real media assault on Novak Djokovic. The World number 1 has organized this tournament and the Serbian (and Croatian) government has allowed to play these exhibitions without any protocol with thousands of people to attend their favorites and the same tennis players ready to play without following the strict rules of this emergency health.
Many tennis players have attacked Novak Djokovic: from Pella to Kyrgios, from Murray to Noah Rubin, there are really many harsh words against the number 1 of the Balkans, a result that we also remember (together with his wife) positive to the virus.
In a recent interview, World No. 13 Diego Schwartzman expressed regret at Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour blow-up despite the Serb's good intentions.
Schwartzman on Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour
“You have to prepare, it can happen when we return.
It is a good warning. Novak Djokovic is making a huge effort to make equality between the players greater. But he did not take care of himself (at the Adria Tour) as he had to take care of himself and unfortunately it went wrong.
I see the good intentions he had to start having a preparation," Diego Schwartzman said. Former Argentine player Agustin Calleri also joined in, slamming Djokovic for his 'irresponsible' actions. "I saw a shared irresponsibility between Djokovic and the Serbian government, which authorised that exhibition tournament with a large number of the public.
Later they played in Croatia. Of course, after playing a game of football, basketball and bowling, it is also a total irresponsibility of the players. There we saw what happens when protocols are not followed, it is an example of when things are done badly.
They are all infected with Covid (now)" - he stated. The organizers swiftly canceled the entire series, while most of the other players were tested the same night. Then, on Monday, Croatia's Borna Coric confirmed he too had tested positive, while Zverev, former US Open winner Marin Cilic of Croatia and Russia's Andrey Rublev all tested negative but promised to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.
Djokovic's mother Dijana told Serbian newspaper Blic that although the world No. 1 is positive it "doesn't mean he is ill. He is a young man and can bear it easier," she said. 'I also think this virus is close to the end so this seems just like a second wave of Corona, which is not as strong as in the beginning.
It is horrible, too horrible, what they write (international media), but we are used to it. It is like they couldn't wait for it (bad news) to happen. It is obvious that they have something against Novak."