Coach Marian Vajda insists the intention behind the Adria Tour was pure and good but unfortunately the bad events happened and the event came to an end on the worst possible way for Novak Djokovic and all those involved in the organization.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, had been planning for quite some time to organize a Tour around the Balkans and he figured out his best chance at making that happen would be during the Tour suspension. Some of the biggest names of the accepted Djokovic's invitation to play at the Adria Tour and it was all looking perfect until the end came to an end on the worst possible way as the event was cancelled after four participants tested positive for the coronavirus.
Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, as well as Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for the coronavirus. Last Sunday -- just before the final of the Adria Tour event in Zadar -- world No.
19 Dimitrov announced he tested positive for the coronavirus. The following day, the tests of Coric and Troicki came back as positive, while record eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic announced the news on Tuesday.
The Adria Tour featured packed crowds and the players shook hands, hugged and played together contact sports such as football and basketball. The Adria Tour underlined several times they didn't breach any of the safety measures issued by the governments in Serbia and Croatia.
"The idea of organizing the Adria Tour was good - obviously, after a long break on the ATP Tour, it definitely helped the players get back on track and enjoy tennis in a slightly different concept. All participants came because the government eased the restrictions, they all respected those measures, so it is wrong to point the finger (at the organizers) because they definitely respected the instructions of the government," Vajda told Sport Klub.
Vajda wishes Novak Djokovic a quick recovery
Earlier this week, Djokovic announced he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus but luckily their kids tested negative. After testing positive for the coronavirus, Djokovic and his wife were feeling well and showing no symptoms.
"Now the most important thing is to stay calm, and I wish to Nole, Jelena and all participants a quick recovery. I sent a lot of support and positive energy to Nole and his family," Vajda added. The Adria Tour was scheduled to held its final leg at the beginning of July in Bosnia but that was cancelled.
Novak Djokovic has apologized for the events that happened at the Adria Tour but underlined that his intentions were pure.