Novak Djokovic shrugs off criticism over big crowds at Adria Tour: ‘It’s not up to me to make the calls’
Novak Djokovic has dismissed criticism over the big crowds that attended the opening day of the Adria Tour in Belgrade despite the coronavirus pandemic, saying “we are doing what the Serbian government is telling us”.
Most professional sports have been on a hiatus since early March due to Covid-19 and some have made tentative returns, but with strict social distancing rules in place.
Although pro tennis is only set to resume in August, world No 1 Djokovic organised the Adria Tour – featuring the likes of Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov – and funds raised will go to charity.
The stands at the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade were packed on Saturday, leading to criticism over the lack of social distancing.
However, Serbia has lifted the ban on outdoor public gatherings and the government has recommended people stay only three feet apart.
“We have different circumstances and measures, so it’s very difficult to think of international standards,” Djokovic said.
He continued: “You can also criticise us and say this is maybe dangerous, but it’s not up to me to make the calls about what is right or wrong for health.
“We are doing what the Serbian government is telling us and hopefully we soon will get back on tour collectively.”
Djokovic, who won his opening match against Victor Troicki before going down against Filip Krajinovic, insists “life goes on”.
“Of course, lives have been lost and that’s horrible to see, in the region and worldwide, but life goes on, and we as athletes are looking forward to competing.”
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Organisers planning for ATP Tour Finals in London to be held behind closed doors
The tournament will be held in Turin from next year.
T365 Recall: When the ‘umpire struck back’ and disqualified potty-mouthed Andre Agassi
Former world No 1 Andre Agassi was…
‘My dream is winning Wimbledon,’ says Ashleigh Barty as she admits it took her a while to ‘say it out loud’
Ashleigh Barty reveals her big goal.
Reigning champion Bianca Andreescu withdraws from US Open
Andreescu not heading to Flushing Meadows.
Bianca Andreescu makes ‘difficult decision’ in pulling out of US Open due to ‘unforeseen challenges’
Bianca Andreescu officially OUT of US Open.
Novak Djokovic happy to play in US Open despite coronavirus fears
The world number one tested positive for Covid-19 in June.
‘See you soon New York,’ says Novak Djokovic as world No 1 gives US Open a major boost
Novak Djokovic WILL PLAY at US Open.
WATCH: Novak Djokovic thwarted by tweener from Spanish youngster Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Djokovic beaten by a beauty from Davidovich Fokina.
Daniil Medvedev should be ‘in good shape’ at US Open but too early for predictions, says Russian tennis boss
Daniil Medvedev expected to be in good nick.
Coco Gauff explains key reason behind her upset victory over Aryna Sabalenka in Lexington
Coco Gauff on her impressive win over Aryna Sabalenka.