Russian world No. 14 Andrey Rublev says Novak Djokovic was very upset after everything that happened at the Adria Tour as the 17-time Grand Slam champion and his team apologized to every participant several times. Rublev, who won back-to-back titles at the beginning of the season, accepted Djokovic's invitation to play the Adria Tour event in Zadar just two days before the event locked off.
The Russian had no much time for the preparation but still he performed great as he won each of his three group stage matches to win make the final. Just before the final against Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov announced he tested positive for the coronavirus and the Adria Tour organizers called off the final and eventually the rest of the event.
Rublev tested negative for the coronavirus but the tests of Djokovic, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki came back as positive. "He was very upset because of this whole situation, he organized everything, and no one wanted it to happen.
He and his team have apologized to everyone many times," Rublev told Sport-Express Russia. Rublev never feared that what happened at the Adria Tour would negatively impact the plans to restart the season in August as the Russian thinks players will be getting infected once tennis returns.
"There were no such fears, because it was an exhibition tournament. Yes, and I think such stories cannot be avoided in the future, even when the tour starts, because if you take into account the examples of other sports that have already resumed, then there still someone gets sick.
But despite this, the matches still continue and the sport continues. Therefore, I think that in tennis at first it will not be possible to avoid new infections," Rublev said.
Rublev absolutely enjoyed playing Thiem's 7
The Austrians hoped world No.
3 Dominic Thiem would make it all the way at his event Thiem's 7 in Kitzbuhel but Rublev spoiled the moment as he beat the Austrian home favorite in the final to claim the title. "At this tournament, everything was fine with it (the motivation), as the emotions that you experience in a competitive format returned again.
Again I had to fly, again the hotel, again training, preparation. This even gave additional motivation, all emotions surged. In general, everything was very cool."