September 29, 2020

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Novak Djokovic, wife test negative for COVID-19 10 days after contracting the virus in Europe

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic and his wife, Jelena, have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to an announcement from the top tennis player in the world’s media team. This comes 10 days after Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 while playing in an exhibition tennis series that he organized in Croatia and Serbia.

“Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade,” his media team said, according to the AP.

Since testing positive for the coronavirus, Djokovic and his wife had been in self-isolation in Croatia and did not show any symptoms. Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki — all of whom played in the exhibitions alongside Djokovic– also recently tested positive for COVID-19. Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, also has the coronavirus.

No social distancing measures were enforced during the Adria Tour matches that Djokovic organized in Croatia and Serbia, even though players travelled from all over the world to participate in the events. Off the court, videos surfaced in June of Djokovic and several European tennis stars, including Coric and Dimitrov, partying at a Serbian nightclub days before Dimitrov confirmed that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met,” Djokovic said at the time. “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.”

Before testing positive for COVID-19, Djokovic had spoke out against the “extreme” coronavirus guidelines the US Open is putting in place ahead of the New York tournament in August.

“We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week,” Djokovic said in early June. “Also, we could bring one person to the club, which is really impossible. I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist.”

In the wake of the positive tests, organizers were forced to cancel the remainder of the charity Adria Tour. Djokovic was slated to face Dimitrov in the finals.