Novak Djokovic stated he was “so deeply sorry” that the match “brought on hurt”.© AFP
Tennis world primary Novak Djokovic, who final week examined optimistic for coronavirus, donated greater than 40,000 euros ($45,000) to a Serbian city badly affected by the pandemic, native media reported on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Djokovic donated the cash to Novi Pazar, in Serbia’s southwest, to assist it struggle a rising outbreak of the illness, the SportKlub TV sports activities channel reported. The city declared a state of emergency in late June because of the unfold of the respiratory illness. After limiting the primary outbreak of COVID-19 in early Might, Serbia is now reporting a recent surge, logging greater than 200 instances each day lately in comparison with round 50 a month in the past.
The Balkan nation was lately within the highlight for permitting Djokovic to host a regional match that began in Belgrade in mid-June earlier than a slew of COVID-19 infections compelled organisers to chop it quick.
Aside from Djokovic three different tennis gamers — Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki — who participated within the Adria tour, in addition to his coach Goran Ivanisevic, examined optimistic.
Gamers had embraced throughout the online, performed basketball and even danced in a nightclub the week of the primary leg performed in Belgrade.
Djokovic was extensively criticised for hosting the tournament.
The Serbian issued an unstinting apology for the now-cancelled Adria Tour, the place social distancing was minimal and matches have been performed in entrance of hundreds of followers.
Djokovic stated he was “so deeply sorry” that the match “brought on hurt”.
His spouse Jelena additionally examined optimistic.
Serbia, with a inhabitants of about seven million individuals, has registered almost 15,000 coronavirus infections and 281 deaths.
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