The consequences of the Adria Tour’s poor organization can go into history as one of Novak Djokovic’s greatest mishaps. Moreover, the incident that was reportedly the cause of infection for many professional players – Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, Viktor Troicki, and Nole as well – can outrun the Serbian’s acclaimed reputation of a multiple Grand Slam winner and world’s number one, claims Sever Dron, a coach who trained the likes of Virginia Ruzici and Henri Leconte.
“Unfortunately, I think that Djokovic will remain in the history of tennis through this unfortunate action (organizing Adria Tour) as well and it will weigh even more than his Grand Slam titles and his status of the world’s best player,” said Sever Dron in exclusivity for Digi Sport.
Novak Djokovic irresponsible behavior, similar to Maria Sharapova’s doping case
Back in 2016, when tennis could be played and COVID-19 wasn’t lurking at every corner, Maria Sharapova was accused of using a forbidden drug named meldonium, after she got tested at that year’s Australian Open edition.
The reactions have been harsh and they came packed with almost two years of suspension for the Russian tennis player. For Sever Dron, Novak Djokovic is in the same situation as Maria, now, as the Serbian world number one was invaded with criticism from everywhere.
“How much is this thing worth at a planetary level? Same as Sharapova, who, after she admitted that she had been doping, we started to question her titles. It’s a shame for the kids who start to bring down their heroes from that pedestal they put them on,” said Sever Dron.
Besides his obvious criticism, Dron, who now lives in France and has a Romanian tennis academy wearing his name, thinks that the Adria Tour incident had its benefits. “For the future of tennis, I think that this alarm is beneficial because we need to be intransigent with the precaution measures.
And, if we wish to continue, to have quality tournaments, we need to be much more careful”. In the end, only time will tell how the Adria Tour affected Novak Djokovic's reputation.