Djokovic, wife test negative for coronavirus

Agence France-Presse

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A week after his quarantine, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has tested negative for COVID-19


CLEARED. Novak Djokovic tries to move on from the heavy backlash of hosting a tennis event. Photo by William West/AFP

BELGRADE Serbia – Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena, who last week both tested positive for coronavirus following his exhibition tournament in the Balkans, have now tested negative, his press service said Thursday, July 2.

Neither the 33-year-old player or his partner felt any symptoms, the statement said.

The couple had been self isolating since returning to Belgrade from Zadar in Croatia, the town which hosted the second leg of Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour.

Four players – Djokovic, Grigor DimitrovBorna Coric, and Viktor Troicki – tested positive for the virus after the event which saw little social distancing and packed stands.

The world No. 1’s coach Goran Ivanisevic also contracted COVID-19.

Players had embraced across the net, played basketball and even danced in a nightclub during the week of the first leg played in Belgrade.

Djokovic was widely criticized for hosting the tournament. (READ: #Djokovid: Tennis star mauled over coronavirus ‘horror show’)

The Serbian star issued an apology, saying he was “so deeply sorry” that the tournament “caused harm.”

On Wednesday, the player donated more than 40,000 euros ($45,000) to Serbian town Novi Pazar which has been badly affected by the pandemic.

Serbia, with a population of about 7 million people, has registered nearly 15,000 coronavirus infections and 281 deaths. –


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