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World No.1 Novak Djokovic tests Covid positive

London: World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus after his Adria Tour tennis project held two events while ignoring social distancing, as per a Daily Mail report.

Earlier, Viktor Troicki became the latest player to test positive for coronavirus after playing in Djokovic’s Adria Tour. Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric had also tested positive, raising doubts over tennis governing bodies’ intentions of restarting the tour.

The tournament was to be played across countries that constituted former Yugoslavia. The first day of the tournament saw packed stadiums in Belgrade. The ATP wished players and staff who tested positive at the event a speedy recovery and urged “strict adherence to responsible social distancing” to limit the spread of the virus.

The governing body added that it will implement a variety of precautions and protocols that would be adjusted as and when dictated by the latest medical information to ensure safety at events when the tour resumes on Aug. 14.

Britain’s Dan Evans lashed out at Djokovic, saying the Serb should “feel some responsibility” after Dimitrov and Coric tested positive.

“I just think it’s a poor example to set,” Evans was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

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French Open will take place this year

Paris: French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli confirmed that 2020 edition of the French Open will take place this year. The entire tennis season has been ravaged due to coronavirus pandemic but Giudicelli remains hopeful of hosting the second slam of the calendar year.

The French Open was initially schedule to take place from May 24 to June 7 but due to the outbreak of the virus, it was postponed till September 20.

“Yes I confirm to you Gael (Monfils), Roland Garros will take place,” Giudicelli said to the world No. 9 during a conversation on the latter’s Twitch channel as per Daily Mail.

Giudicelli also stated that the ideal scenario would be host the event with ‘maximum spectators’ but accepted they will have to follow all the necessary government protocols for everyone’s safety.

“The preferred option is to have a Roland Garros with maximum spectators,’ he said.

“Depending on health conditions, we will adapt to the directives the government gives us. The government will decide how many people can be there.”

So far, Wimbledon remains the only Grand Slam which has been cancelled in the wake of COVID-19 crisis while the fate of US Open, currently scheduled to take place in New York from August 24 to September 14, also hangs in balance.

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