Goran Ivanisevic, coach of top-ranked Novak Djokovic, has tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday. The former Wimbledon champion was a part of the recent Adria Tour exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia where Djokovic and three other players took part and tested positive for the virus.
Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki were the three other players.
Ivanisevic, who won the Wimbledon title in 2001, said that he had twice tested negative for the virus over the past 10 days but subsequently tested positive for the virus.
“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,” he was quoted as saying by AP.
The Croat says he has no symptoms but will self-isolate.
Djokovic’s charity tournament, which also had players like Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, faced criticism for flouting social distancing rules as players were seen hugging, shaking hands during matches, and even partying at a night club in Belgrade.
Djokovic defended the exhibition series.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.”
“It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this,” he added.