Tennis ace Sania Mirza feels that the aftermath of World No.1 Novak Djokovic’s infamous Adria Tour will make players think twice before getting back to the tour. Sania’s comeback year has been hampered because of the coronavirus pandemic that has enforced a break in competitive tennis since the second week of March.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: India's Sumit Nagal to Face Denis Istomin in Singles 1st Round, Sania Mirza-Ankita Raina Takes on Ukranian Pair in Women's Doubles
“From what I’ve heard, they are trying to (go ahead with the tour). Honestly, I don’t know if it’s going to happen,” Sania told Hindustan Times. Also Read - Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna Slam Indian Tennis Body on Tokyo Olympic Qualification Row, Calls Situation 'Ridiculous And Shameful'; AITA Responds
“It’s difficult for me sitting here to predict something that’s going to happen across the world in two months and assess the situation there. But realistically, after what happened at the Adria Tour, I do believe that people are going to think about it (returning to the tour) a few times. This is a health risk, it is no joke. We’ll just have to wait and watch, because it”s like we’re living day-to-day now.” Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Novak Djokovic, Ash Barty, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Naomi Osaka Headline Tennis Revised Olympic List
Originally intended to be a series of tournaments to be held in Baltic cities, the Adria Tour had to be suspended in its second leg when a cluster of coronavirus cases emerged from it.
The tournaments featured packed stadiums and no social distancing norms, in accordance with rules in the host countries.
Djokovic himself was one of four players to test positive along with Grigor Dimitrov, Viktor Troiki and Borna Coric.
(With agency inputs)