German tennis legend Boris Becker has come to the defence of former pupil Novak Djokovic with regards to the Adria Tour. The exhibition event was organized by Djokovic in June in the Balkan region but came under heavy criticism due to the lack of social distancing measures on and off the court during the event and the positive result of some of the players at the tournament, including Djokovic himself.
Boris Becker defends Novak Djokovic over the Adria Tour
Becker knows the Serbian tennis champion Novak Djokovic for three years from 2014 to 2016 and recently spoke to Ubitennis about the Adria Tour, saying that Djokovic had good intentions while doing the same.
"That tournament was for a good cause, Nole just wanted to create a big charity event, but the fact that the Serbian government allowed spectators to fill the stands without protection didn’t help. The virus threat should have been handled differently globally, and instead, the wrong decision was made.
Or, simply, it was hoped that everything would be fine. Unfortunately, the forecasts were not correct and, as often happens, in retrospect we can say that we had to be much more careful." In a recent interview to the New York Times, Djokovic himself has said that he does not have any regrets about the event, but did say that some extra precautions could have been taken.
"We tried to do something with the right intentions. Yes, there were some steps that could have been done differently, but am I going to be then forever blamed for doing a mistake? I mean, OK, if this is the way, fine, I’ll accept it, because that’s the only thing I can do.
If I had the chance to do the Adria Tour again, I would do it again. It’s like a witch hunt”. Novak Djokovic is the World No. 1 tennis player and has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles in his career. The Serb was not sure of travelling to the US Open earlier due to concerns about the global health crisis but he arrived in New York for the Western & Southern Open and the US Open a few days ago.
Djokovic will be aiming to win an 18th Grand Slam singles title in New York, which would put him one behind Rafael Nadal at 19 Grand Slams and two behind Roger Federer, who has 20 Grand Slams. Picture via Adria Tour Twitter account