It’s been a wild week for Novak Djokovic, who has gone from floating on a wild night to fear of coronavirus.
Djokovic celebrated the end of his successful charity tennis tournament in Serbia by meeting a cabaret club in Belgrade with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Averev and Grigor Dimitrov.
The neighborhood loosened up on stage as they danced topless, while Djokovic later took to the dance floor to play the levitation and macarena.
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Djokovic burst into tears after failing to reach the final in the first leg of his Balkan charity tournament on Sunday.
Reports surfaced today that Djokovic has additional cause for concern following a basketball star he was close with who tested positive for coronavirus.
Serbian basketball club Partizan confirmed that 26-year-old Nikola Jankovic had returned a positive test for the virus.
He is believed to have participated in an honor testimonial match for a former Partizan player where Djokovic was a guest of honor and was presented with his own basketball jersey.
It is unclear whether Djokovic had physical contact with Jankovic.
Djokovic’s charity event, while well-intentioned, sparked criticism online for the lack of precautions against social distancing and coronavirus.
When you observe the human closeness and embrace on the Adria Tour, you will almost forget why the Adria Tour exists in the first place.
Hope it goes well, but when I see crowds like this I am nervous in June 2020. Https://t.co/o3deFPGkKJ
– Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 12, 2020
That is absolutely inconsiderate, are there no liability laws in Serbia? How not to be afraid of being sued in an outbreak?
– Jimmie48 Photography @ (@JJlovesTennis) June 12, 2020
Meanwhile, the world’s number one has made headlines for his firm stance against playing at the US Open, and now another tennis player has beaten Djokovic for his “selfish” attitude.
Djokovic admits he’s considering skipping the hard court major due to start August 31 because coronavirus restrictions are too “extreme”.
“Most of the players I spoke to were pretty negative about going there,” Djokovic told Serbian state broadcaster RTS.
Sachia Vickery, who ranks 158th in the world, has a different perspective than high-ranking Djokovic and gave him a reality check.
“He should play a 60k (minor) tournament in Troy, Alabama and then come back and tell us how tough the conditions are,” she told Sky Sports.
“It’s a little selfish to say that in a way because there are so many players who can’t afford to have seven or eight people on their team. Most of us are used to traveling with just one or two people.
“Of course he deserves the right to have as many people as he wants, but at the end of the day it’s a whole tour. If they have to put in some restrictions to be able to play tennis again, I don’t think it’s a big deal. “
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios supported Djokovic, but for various reasons.
According to Kyrgios, planning the US Open amid the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement is “selfish”.
The ATP is trying to get the US Open up and running. Selfish with everything that’s going on in the moment. Covid of course, but also with the unrest we have to tackle these challenges together before tennis returns in my opinion. https://t.co/tEHPvr4miB
– Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 11, 2020
“The ATP is trying to get the US Open going. Selfish with everything that’s happening, ”Kyrgios tweeted.
“Covid of course, but also with the unrest we have to tackle these challenges together before tennis returns in my opinion.”