Spanish tennis club shoulders responsibility over Novak Djokovic training mix-up

Novak Djokovic disappointed

The Puente Romano tennis club in Spain has apologised to Novak Djokovic after their “misinterpretation” of the country’s rules for individual training caused the world No 1 to break lockdown regulations.

Djokovic on Monday posted an Instagram video of himself practising on the court in Marbella.

It coincided with the first day athletes were allowed to return to individual training in Spain, but there was some confusion over whether or not tennis players were allowed to make use of courts.

The Spanish tennis federation later clarified that tennis players were not allowed to return to courts until May 11.

Puente Romano has since accepted the blame for Djokovic being allowed to train on court.

“We understood that professional athletes were able to train and authorised Mr Djokovic to use our facilities. After speaking with the tennis federation they made it clear to us he had to wait until 11 May to use the tennis club,” a statement said.

“We shared this clarification with Mr Djokovic and both parties have agreed to restart training from that day. We regret that our misinterpretation of the rules may have inconvenienced Mr Djokovic in good faith.”

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