Players in Djokovic event test positive for coronavirus

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 23 Jun 2020

Borna Coric has become the second player to test positive for coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition tournament in Croatia featuring world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

The Croatian's announcement on Twitter followed Grigor Dimitrov's revelation that he had tested positive for Covid-19 after pulling out of the event, which is one of the biggest since the season was halted because of the pandemic.

"I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused," said Coric, who added that he is currently asymptomatic.

One of Djokovic's coaches and another member of Dimitrov's entourage have also reportedly tested positive for the virus, according to Croatia's N1 television channel.

Coric had beaten Bulgaria's Dimitrov in the second leg of the Adria Tour in Zadar on Croatia's Adriatic coast on Saturday.

Dimitrov withdrew from the Balkans tournament organized by Djokovic following that match, complaining of feeling unwell.

Sunday's final between Djokovic and Russia's Andrey Rublev was immediately cancelled as a precaution.

Australian star Nick Kyrgios responded to Coric's tweet by describing the staging of the tournament as "boneheaded".

"Speedy recovery fellas," Kyrgios said. "But that's what happens when you disregard all protocols. This is not a joke."

American player Noah Rubin said: "It's just not okay. Reckless and disappointing that they thought tennis deserved the risk."

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