Grigor Dimitrov returns during his match against Dominic Thiem in the Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Belgrade on 14 June 2020.
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Grigor Dimitrov said on Sunday he has tested positive for coronavirus
after pulling out of an exhibition tournament which also featured world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
“I want to reach out and let my fans
and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19,”
world No 19 Dimitrov wrote on Instagram.
“I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering.”
weekend, Dimitrov, 29, took part in the Adria Tour event in Belgrade
with Djokovic, world No 3 Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev,
He also played in the second leg of the Balkans tournament in Zadar on Croatia’s Adriatic coast on Saturday.
However, he withdrew after losing to Borna Coric, complaining of feeling unwell.
Later on Sunday, the final between Djokovic and Russia’s Andrey Rublev was immediately cancelled as a precaution.
is the best possible decision. We have to take care about security of
all involved,” former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, the
tournament director of the Zadar event, said in remarks quoted by local
“Those who were in contact with Grigor will be tested. We are waiting for instructions of relevant bodies.
“I tested by chance three days ago and I’m negative.”
Zverev and former US Open winner Marin Cilic were also in the Croatia line-up.
want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these
past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions,” added
Bulgarian Dimitrov is a former world No 3 who was the ATP Tour Finals champion in 2017, one of his eight career titles.
Adria Tour, organised to fill the gap in the virus-hit tennis calendar
which has been on ice since mid-March, played out to a daily crowd of
4 000 fans at Djokovic’s tennis centre on the banks of the Danube in
Belgrade last week.
Dimitrov and Djokovic as well as the other players were then seen partying the night away at a packed Belgrade night spot.
event had already suffered an embarrassing setback last week when the
planned Montenegro leg of the four-nation tour was cancelled over
coronavirus protocol rules.
Montenegro was due to be the third stop on 27 and 28 June after Croatia and before the conclusion in Bosnia.
organisers said the visit to Montenegero had to be called off when it
became apparent Serbia did not match strict health requirements.
asked to comment on social distancing measures during the Belgrade leg,
Djokovic said both Serbia and the region had been relatively successful
in containing the virus.
“Of course you can criticise, you can
also say this is dangerous or not, but it’s not up to me to make the
calls what is health-wise right or wrong,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner
told reporters, stressing he was acting in line with recommendations of
the Serbian government.
Balkan countries coped with the Covid-19 pandemic with relative success.
The region of some 22 million people registered about 24 000 infections and fewer than 800 deaths.
Last week, the ATP and WTA said they were restarting their tours in August.
the US Open in New York will be played behind closed doors and under
strict health protocols which Djokovic has described as “extreme” and
Thiem, a three-time Grand Slam final runner-up, was
playing in another exhibition tournament this weekend in Nice in the
south of France.