Novak Djokovic Tests Positive For Coronavirus After Playing Tennis Event

Novak Djokovic has announced he has tested positive for coronavirus, just days after two players participating in an exhibition tournament he took part in had also revealed they had contracted the virus.

In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the world No.1 revealed he was tested in Belgrade, Serbia, earlier this week and that the test had returned a positive result.

Croatia's Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Viktor Troicki who all took part in the Adria Tour all tested positive over the weekend.

"I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection," Djokovic said in a statement.

"I hope that it will not complicate anyone's health situation and that everyone will be fine."

The final of the exhibition tournament, which was organized by Djokovic, was scheduled to be held in Zadar, Croatia, but was canceled after Dimitrov tested positive to COVID-19.

Djokovic and his wife Jelena returned to Belgrade from Zadar and were tested immediately after landing in the Serbian capital. Some of the other participants, meanwhile, remained in Zadar to be tested.

Tournament organizers said Djokovic was allowed to fly back to Belgrade as he did not display any symptoms.

"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 statement continued.

The Adria Tour attracted criticism due to the apparent lack of social distancing regulations in place. Pictures on social media showed players high-fiving and embracing each other on the courts, while they were surrounded by large crowds off the court.

Fans and players mingled together and some of the participants, including Djokovic, were pictured playing basketball with fans.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, however, defended the arrangements in place at the tournament.

"Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions," he added.

"Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.

"We organized 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."

As of Tuesday morning, Serbia had reported a total of 12,900 cases of coronavirus and 262 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

More than 472,600 people have died globally since the outbreak of coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan city, in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There have been over 9.1 million confirmed cases globally.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates in his semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30 in Melbourne, Australia. TPN/Getty