Nivak Djokovic and Marin Cilic during the Adria Tour stage in Zadar, Croatia, June 19, 2020. - Zvonko Kucelin / AP / SIPA

Novak Djokovic returned in an interview to the Serbian sports newspaper Sportski Zurnal on the criticisms he was subjected to concerning the Adria Tour. Following this exhibition tournament organized in the Balkans by him, during which the basic sanitary rules were not respected, several players including himself were tested positive at Covid-19.

The Serb said he was "deeply sorry" that the tournament "caused harm". In this interview published Wednesday, he still believes that there is something else in all these complaints. “I see a lot of criticism. It is clear that there is something more, as if there were an agenda, someone must wear the hat, a tall personality must be the main culprit, "he said. Before adding: "It's a kind of witch hunt".

Not yet sure for the US Open, Roland ok

The world number 1 announced on June 23 to be positive for the coronavirus, as well as three players who participated in the Adria Tour, which started in mid-June in Belgrade: Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki. Goran Ivanisevic, director of one of the stages of the Adria Tour and one of Djokovic's coaches, also tested positive.

In addition, Djokovic has not yet made a decision concerning his participation or not in the US Open, scheduled from August 31 to September 13. "I still don't know," he said. I will certainly not play Washington, Cincinnati remains in my plans. "However," participation in Roland Garros is safe, Madrid and Rome are also part of my agenda, "said Djoko.


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