"It's a (messed up) situation...I feel really, really bad for Novak, because his idea was amazing...In Serbia and Croatia...people are behaving without any restrictions..." Donna Vekic, the WTA player ranked no.
24 had commented. She had participated in a feature round mixed doubles match with Olga Danilovic, along with Novak Djokovic and Borna Coric. The tournament was well meant as a humanitarian event to help the Balkan countries which Djokovic had formulated but at court, five people had contracted the coronavirus.
It appears that now Novak Djokovic may find difficulties repairing his tarnished image after the Adria Tour. Weeks before the event, the two major countries Serbia and Croatia had seen their health crisis lessen from the coronavirus and had loosened restrictions in the country.
The conditions that many countries were in at the time should have been a signal for the two countries to continue their lockdowns if they would have even had the event at all. "Obviously it's not surprising how many players have tested positive when you see the scenes and the images and the video...no social distancing in place," Andy Murray had said on the sad state of the event.
Some stadiums had nearly 4,000 and other over that amount of excited fans packed close together watching the matches. Paul Annacone, a commentator of Tennis Channel remarked that "It was a good cause driven by the right reason, but the end result was pretty disastrous"
Novak Djokovic being the No. 1 player i the world most thought that he'd have health restrictions at the top of his list in organizing and putting forth such an important and worthy event.
Many say that the Serbian government had overrode the tournament and loosened the restrictions to have the event despite Djokovic's opinion.
The Serb is also a multi-titled grand slam winner and the president of the ATP Players' Council. He was nominated to take over that position in 2016 from ATP's chief executive Chris Kermode. "I gladly accepted it, because it's a calling.
It's a responsibility," Djokovic said happily to the ATP media four years ago. But now the Serb's reputation is anything but responsible upon five people coming down with the virus including Djokovic. Since the Adria Tour final had to be cancelled, the Serbian's image has crumbled.
He has been slammed by players and many of the tennis community and his Presidency of the players' council challenged. Will he gain respect again from the players and tennis folk before the next tournament? Will the people who tested positive be healthy again? Hopefully this will blow over as the pandemic came upon the United States and the entire World.
Players have had this dilemma before such as Maria Sharapova, Dan Evans, Richard Gasquet and a handful of others who attempted to shake off and revamp their tennis careers from failed drug tests and others for match-fixing allegations.
The situations with them are generally the same as they'd work to repair their image along with being successful at playing tennis again. Yet, drastically different for the blame and hurt was was only upon themselves whereas the problem with the Djokovic issue affected not only him but others.
After the people heal from the coronavirus all may be at liberty to continue on tour and do well. But Novak Djokovic still may find many difficulties in repairing his tarnished image and in the process may lose his presidency of the players' council as his superiors will determine if he may go on with his position or not.