Third-ranked tennis participant Dominic Thiem apologized Thursday for collaborating in an exhibition sequence hosted by Novak Djokovic by which 4 gamers examined optimistic for the coronavirus. Thiem wrote on Instagram: “Our behaviour was a mistake, we acted too euphorically. I’m extraordinarily sorry.” The highest-ranked Djokovic examined optimistic on Tuesday. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki have additionally stated they examined optimistic after collaborating within the Adria Tour exhibition sequence in Serbia and Croatia.
1000’s of spectators attended the matches in Belgrade and the Adriatic resort of Zadar, and no social distancing was noticed. Thiem received the opening occasion in Belgrade on June 14.
“We performed with out an viewers for weeks, so now we have been very happy concerning the followers on the occasion,” the Austrian wrote. “We trusted the Serbian authorities’s corona guidelines, however now we have been too optimistic.”
Thiem, a two-time French Open finalist who misplaced to Djokovic within the Australian Open last this 12 months, stated he has been examined 5 occasions within the final 10 days however is unfavourable for the virus.
The ultimate for the occasion in Croatia was canceled and subsequent matches in different nations have been additionally referred to as off.
Djokovic stated on Tuesday that he and his spouse examined optimistic and admitted it was “too quickly” to host such an occasion.
The coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA skilled tennis excursions in March. Plans have been introduced final week for the game’s sanctioned occasions to return in August.
However the infections have raised questions concerning the full-fledged return of aggressive tennis, together with the US Open, which is scheduled to start on Aug. 31 with out spectators. Djokovic has referred to as the principles to maintain everybody secure on the US Open “excessive.”