Novak Djokovic, the men’s world number one Tennis player, has been tested positive for COVID-19 after taking part in a tennis exhibition tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia. This is the biggest casualty in the world of Tennis after players like Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troiki were tested positive for the dreaded virus earlier. Djokovic’s wife Jelena has also been tested positive for the virus.Also Read - UK to Lift Additional COVID Restrictions From Next Week, Says Boris Johnson

All these players who have been tested positive for COVID-19 had participated in the Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series. Additionally, five players at Serbia’s biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced. Also Read - Lata Mangeshkar in Intensive Care; Doctor Says 'Pray For Her Recovery'

“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion said in a statement. Also Read - What is Himalayan Red Buransh Flower And How Can it be Useful Against COVID?

“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.

“The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.

“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.

“We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met.

“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.

“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”

There has been an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia and Croatia, allowing for the increase in the number of positive cases among professional athletes.

Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the global pandemic.

Earlier, Djokovic’s brother Djordje stated that the debacle of the Adria Tour organised by top-ranked was the worst imaginable outcome as several participants tested positive for Covid-19.

“This was the worst possible scenario,” the event’s director Djordje Djokovic told Serbia’s Prva Television.