Berlin exho organizer blasts Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev



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Berlin exho organizer blasts Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev

Berlin exhibition organizer Edwin Weindorfer has blasted world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the events that happened at the Adria Tour. The Adria Tour -- an event founded by Djokovic -- ended in disaster after a total of four players tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Adria Tour events in Belgrade and Zadar featured packed crowds, while players shook hands and hugged. "Djokovic did everything wrong on the Adria Tour that could have been done wrong," Weindorfer told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

The Berlin exhibition will consist of two parts and the organizers are preptaring to host a hundred of fans at the event. The first part -- which will be an outdoor grass event -- will take place from July 13-15 and 800 people per day will be allowed to attend.

The second part -- which will be a hard-court event -- will run through July 17-19. However, the tournament organizers have promised that there will be strict hygiene restrictions and that the social distancing rules will be practiced at the event.

"There will be no player party, no Kid's Clinic, not a social program," Weindorfer said. The Berlin exhibition will feature a total of 12 players -- six on the men's side and six on the women's side.

World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, top-ranked German tennis player Alexander Zverev and flashy Nick Kyrgios will highlight the men's side. Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, German Jan-Lennard Struff and rising Italian star Jannik Sinner will also play.

In the women's event, expected to play are Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova, Julia Goerges, Caroline Garcia and Andrea Petkovic. "We have zero tolerance. If a player misbehaves and thinks he can party this week, we will eliminate that player," Weindorfer claimed.

Weindorfer blasts Zverev

After testing negative in Zadar, Zverev promised he would be in self quarantine for 14 days but several days later he was seen partying in Monaco. "Sascha didn't just make one mistake, but two!

Weindorfer said. "I have a contract with all players and I am a person who keeps contracts. I say: 'Sascha, I take your behavior as a breach of contract' I have not yet decided. The second option is that I say: 'Sascha, you will get a chance from us, but here you are very clear rules of conduct'"