Damir Dzumhur's coach Petar Popovic tested negative for the coronavirus upon returning to Belgrade and the Bosnian tennis star's lawyers are collecting evidence for the potential lawsuit against the French Open. On Sunday, Dzumhur was removed from the French Open qualifying after his coach tested positive for the coronavirus in Paris.
Dzumhur claimed the test was false positive as his coach recovered from the coronavirus several months ago and had antibodies. On Monday, Popovic was tested in Belgrade and the results came back as negative. Per Klix, Dzumhur will now try to get a settlement with the French Open, if not, he will sue the tournament.
On Monday, Dzumhur explained to Bosnian media what happened over the weekend at the French Open. "Yesterday, unfortunately, the worst thing that could have happened to me happened, and that is that I do not have the right to perform at Roland Garros.
I have already said what happened, and now I will try to explain it a little more further and what the whole situation is like. Of course, my coach and I have traveled and been together since the beginning of all these tournaments, we have done between 15 and 20 tests in the past month and they have all been negative.
We had two tests in Rome, we were also negative in the first test in Paris, and then we did the second test on Saturday and, although I was negative, the coach got a call on Sunday and they explained to him that his test was on the verge of being positive.
It was said that additional tests would be performed, he immediately showed them that he had antibodies, that is, that he had contracted the coronavirus and that he did not see a way in which it could be positive," Dzumhur said.
Dzumhur hinted at a lawsuit before his coach tested negative in Belgrade
"My test was negative, he was waiting for a decision and around 4pm he was told it was positive. Although he tried to explain that people who have antibodies can have a false positive test, we unfortunately didn't get a chance to do another test and we we are sure that he would show that he is negative.
They wouldn't listen and around 4pm they called me to say I was being removed from the tournament because of a close contact with him. This news shook me because this tournament is one of my favorites and I had some great matches in it, this is one of the most important tournaments of the year for me and it hurts me the most that I don't have a chance to make any result," Dzumhur added.