PARIS, France – World No. 3 Dominic Thiem has acknowledged tennis players at the ill-fated Adria Tour made “a mistake” after Novak Djokovic and 3 other participants contracted coronavirus.
Thiem took part in the Belgrade leg of the exhibition event organized by Djokovic where social distancing was minimal and matches were played in front of thousands of fans.
Thiem, who left for an exhibition tournament in his native France after Belgrade, says he has tested negative 5 times since leaving the Balkans.
“I was shocked when I got the news from the Adria Tour,” he wrote on social media in his first public reaction since the tournament was canceled on Sunday.
“We played without any audience for weeks, so we have been more than happy about the fans at the event.
“We trusted the Serbian government’s coronavirus rules, but we have been too optimistic.”
He continued: “Our behavior was a mistake, we acted too euphorically. I am extremely sorry.”
“I’ve been tested 5 times in the past 10 days and each time and the result was always negative,” he revealed.
Djokovic, 33, has come in for heavy criticism over the debacle, saying on Tuesday that he was “so deeply sorry” that the tournament “caused harm.” His wife Jelena has also tested positive. (READ: #Djokovid: Tennis star mauled over coronavirus ‘horror show’)
The affair has raised concern over the planned restart of professional tennis in August, including the US Open which is scheduled to begin on August 31. – Rappler.com