World No.1 tennis star, Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19.
The Serbian player announced his diagnosis with an official statement today.
“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative,” Djokovic said.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,”
Djokovic organized a tennis tournament in Serbia with some of his fellow tennis stars and with fans in attendance.
The tournament was criticized for being poorly organized and not following social distancing rules.
It was later suspended after one of the players tested positive for the virus, prompting Djovokic to get tested, revealing he had also gotten infected.
Read Djokovic’s full statement on his infection below…
I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection – Djokovic’s statement
The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative.
Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to Covid-19.
It was born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded.
We organized the tournament when the virus has weakened, believing the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met.
Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality we are learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.
I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and everyone will be fine.
I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.