Novak Djokovic and Wife Test Positive for Coronavirus

Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia.

The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia.

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His wife also tested positive.

"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 in a statement. "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."

"We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met," Djokovic said in the statement. "Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.


Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the pandemic.

There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.

Djokovic has said that he wasn't sure if he'd receive a vaccine if it becomes available even if it was mandatory to travel on the tour.

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