Coronavirus Outbreak: Novak Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic tests positive for virus

Ivanisevic, who said he has no symptoms, attended the Adria Tour exhibition series, a charity event hosted by Djokovic in Belgrade and at the Adriatic resort of Zadar in Croatia.

Reuters June 26, 2020 18:04:50 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Novak Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic tests positive for virus

Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who now coaches Novak Djokovic and attended the top-ranked player's exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia, said Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus .

The Croatian great, who won his only Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2001, wrote on Instagram that he tested positive after two negative tests in the last 10 days.

 <span class=Coronavirus Outbreak Novak Djokovics coach Goran Ivanisevic tests positive for virus" width="380" height="285" class="size-full wp-image-6908571" />

File image of Goran Ivanisevic. Reuters

“I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones,” Ivanisevic wrote. “I will continue to self-isolate as I have been doing already.”

Ivanisevic, who said he has no symptoms, attended the Adria Tour exhibition series, a charity event hosted by Djokovic in Belgrade and at the Adriatic resort of Zadar in Croatia.

Four players from those events, including Djokovic and his wife, have said they have the virus. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all said they also have it.

Thousands of spectators attended the matches in Belgrade and Zadar, and no social distancing was observed.

Dominic Thiem, who won the opening event in Belgrade on 14 June, said Thursday that he has been tested five times but is negative.

The final for the event in Croatia was canceled and subsequent matches in other countries were also called off.

Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion who has previously said he was against taking a vaccine for the virus even if it became mandatory to travel, said on Tuesday it was “too soon” to host such an event.

The coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA professional tennis tours in March. Plans were announced last week for the sport’s sanctioned events to return in August.

But the infections have raised questions about the full-fledged return of competitive tennis, including the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 31 without spectators. Djokovic has called the rules to keep everyone safe at the U.S. Open “extreme.”

Updated Date:

also read

Euro 2020 explainer: Challenges of 11-country event, COVID-19 protocols and a look at co-hosting
Sports

Euro 2020 explainer: Challenges of 11-country event, COVID-19 protocols and a look at co-hosting

COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges of hosting Euro 2020 in 11 venues across 11 European nations.

New COVID-19 vaccine procurement policy will rejuvenate India's battle against pandemic; here's why
Blogs

New COVID-19 vaccine procurement policy will rejuvenate India's battle against pandemic; here's why

While the original plan of 30 crore fully vaccinated individuals by July may extend by a few weeks, the year-end target can be more ambitious

Boston Symphony Orchestra to resume in-person concerts in September after 18-month pandemic induced hiatus
Arts &amp; Culture

Boston Symphony Orchestra to resume in-person concerts in September after 18-month pandemic induced hiatus

To celebrate the reopening of Symphony Hall, the BSO will present a free community concert on 3 October featuring Nelsons, Williams, Keith Lockhart and Thomas Wilkins.