ATP chairman criticizes Novak Djokovic and the Adria Tour



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ATP chairman criticizes Novak Djokovic and the Adria Tour

The chaos generated by the Adria Tour was remarkable and, like a magnet, attracted many criticisms that are hitting on Novak Djokovic, organizer of the Tour, and positive test result on the virus. Djokovic and his wife Jelena follow Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki: from many parts of the sports world there were many criticisms about the inadequate safety protocols that were implemented during the Adria Tour, with consequent risks for both athletes and the crowd.

The tournament was canceled after Novak Djokovic and his wife were tested positive to Covid-19. Andrea Gaudenzi, chairman of the ATP, talked about what happened, on the implementation of the security protocols and on everything that could happen with the virus.

Gaudenzi told the New York Times that he had recommended with the participants of the Adria Tour to take the necessary precautions and respect the social distancing but obviously this was not done. To the contratio. However ATP had no authority to impose rules on an unofficial performance:

Andrea Gaudenzi's words

“Obviously we feel sorry for the players and we want them to heal as soon as possible.

I know there have been several criticisms, but on the other hand, ATP, as well as USTA, know that we must be very careful because even by very strict measures, some players may be positive for the virus. There is no need for players to hug each other for a test to be positive.

So we all run the risk," said Gaudenzi. Then came the criticism of the ATP chairman: "It's a bit like when you tell your children to wear a helmet while trying to learn to ride a bicycle. They say 'no, no, no' and continue to ride the bicycle, then they fall and then put on the helmet.

Now we all know that it can happen very easily, so we will be even more careful and perhaps we will be more understanding and tolerant of creating the bubble." Official competitions will resume in August, in Palermo (Italy) for women and in Washington (USA) for men.

Then there will be the weeks in New York with the Western and Southern Open (ATP/WTA combined event) and the US Open: after all that has happened on the Adria Tour and after the Novak Djokovic's positive test there will probably be work again on the application of the security protocols.