Mats Wilander defends Novak Djokovic over the Adria Tour mess

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Mats Wilander defends Novak Djokovic over the Adria Tour mess

Former World No. 1 Mats Wilander says he does not hold Novak Djokovic responsible for the Adria Tour fiasco, adding that the responsibility falls on the Serbian government, in an interview to Ubitennis.

Mats Wilander says Novak Djokovic is not to blame for the Adria Tour

In the interview, the former World No.

1 Wilander says, "I interviewed Djokovic on the first day of the Adria Tour, and he was very happy with what he had helped organize, he said he had tears in his eyes during the matches. As far as I'm concerned, the responsibility falls on the Serbian government, Nole has paid for his naivety in wanting to do the right thing."

Wilander says Djokovic has become a target with many people for the events at the Adria Tour but he adds Djokovic was only trying to do something good for his country. "The world is like this, but I think you should take your hat off in front of Nole because he tried to do something, and also for everything he does for the kids in Serbia."

The 55 year old Swede adds that Djokovic should not resign as President of the ATP Players Council, something which many players have demanded. "Not if he doesn't want to do it! It is normal that every now and then you are wrong, but you should not pay for your own initiative.

As far as I'm concerned, if players like the Big Three take advantage of their public role to make the world a better place, in the end tennis wins." Mats Wilander is a former World No. 1 and won seven Grand Slam singles titles - three at the French Open, three at the Australian Open, and one at the US Open - and one Grand Slam men's doubles title at Wimbledon - in his career.

Novak Djokovic is the current World No. 1 player and has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles in his career. Djokovic had tested positive after the Adria Tour where several players tested positive for the virus and apologised after the tour was called off.

He has since tested negative for the virus. Djokovic is currently chasing the record for most number of Grand Slam titles in men's tennis - with Rafael Nadal at 19 Slams and Roger Federer leading with 20 Slams.