Argentine tennis player Leonardo Mayer has defended world No. 1 Novak Djokovic from criticism as he insists the Serb had good intentions while organizing the Adria Tour. Djokovic's goal was to visit four countries in the Balkans and to bring some of the biggest names of the game to his region but his plan ended in disaster.
The Serb had no financial motive as he paid a lot of money from his pocket to organize the whole Adria Tour -- and he would made nothing in return since he announced that all the money raised would be donated to charities.
Just before the final of the Adria Tour event in Zadar, Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov announced he tested positive for the coronavirus and the organizers called off the final due to coronavirus concerns. The tests of 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, Croatian Borna Coric and former world No.
12 Viktor Troicki also came back as positive and the organizers called off the rest of the event. Players shook hands, hugged and played contact sports at the Adria Tour, while the crowd was packed out and there wasn't too much of social distancing at the event.
The Adria Tour organizers claimed they didn't breach any rules and that they followed the measures issued by the governments.
Mayer suggests those who allowed it should be blamed
"It is a bit weird, he tries to support sports very much and he helps players a lot, he tries to make them have a lot of benefits.
At the same time it happened that the tournament got a little out of control; I also think that it is the fault of the politicians because when you put together an event they ask for a lot of permits, they help you, they set limits for you, and there were no limits there.
I think Djokovic was not to blame for that, but the politicians who let the event be put together that way," Mayer said, as quoted on El Litoral. After the results of him and his wife Jelena came back as positive, Djokovic apologized for the events that happened at the Adria Tour and insisted that his decisions were pure.
"Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions," Djokovic said in a statement posted on his website after his test came back as positive.