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Dimitrov, Coric positive for COVID-19

 

Borna Coric said yesterday he had become the second player to test positive for coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition tournament in Croatia featuring world number one Novak Djokovic.

"Hi everyone, I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for COVID-19," the Croatian, ranked 33rd in the world, posted on Twitter.

It follows Sunday's announcement by Grigor Dimitrov that he had also tested positive after pulling out of the exhibition event, which is one of the biggest since the tennis season was halted because of the pandemic.

Coric tweeted: "I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested!

"I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused! I'm feeling well and don't have any simptoms (sic). Please stay safe and healthy!"

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 following that match, complaining of feeling unwell.

Sunday's final between Djokovic, who is president of the ATP Player Council, and Russia's AndreyRublev was immediately cancelled as a precaution.

Also playing in the tournament were world number three Dominic Thiem, former US Open winner Marin Cilic, seventh-ranked Alexander Zverev and FilipKrajinovic.

Both Zverev and Cilic later took to twitter to say they their tests had returned negative for the virus which has killed over 465,000 people.

"I have just received the news that my team and I have tested negative for COVID-19," Germany's Zverev wrote.

"I deeply apologize to anyone that I have potentially put at risk by playing this tour."

He said he would now be following "self-isolating guidelines" whilst Cilic announced his intention to quarantine for 14 days.

The results of any test that Djokovic may have taken are as yet unknown.

His brother, the tournament's director Djordje Djokovic, said the 17-time Grand Slam winner had taken the news of Dimitrov's result "very hard".

The Adria Tour was organized to fill the gap in the virus-hit tennis calendar which has been on ice since mid-March and was played out to a daily crowd of 4,000 fans at Djokovic's tennis cenetr on the banks of the Danube in Belgrade last week.

Dimitrov, Djokovic and Thiem, as well as the other players, were then seen partying at a packed Belgrade night spot.*AFP

 

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