Serbian tennis professional Novak Djokovic defended the large crowd of spectators that confirmed up for the opening day of his charity tennis tour in Belgrade, saying he’s sticking to the coronavirus tips offered by the authorities.
Followers stuffed the stands at the Adria Tour charity match on Friday to watch Djokovic and different high gamers face off, however the lack of social distancing and face masks amongst these in attendance raised issues that occasion organizers hadn’t taken the essential precautions.
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“We have different circumstances and measures, so it’s very difficult to think of international standards,” Djokovic stated.
“You can also criticize 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,” he continued. “We are doing what the Serbian government is telling us and hopefully we soon will get back on tour collectively.”
The Serbian authorities lately lifted lockdown restrictions, recommending individuals keep solely three ft aside. Serbia has registered greater than 12,000 coronavirus circumstances and 252 deaths, though the numbers have been rising once more since the authorities lifted most of the lockdowns and restrictions final month.
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“Of course, lives have been lost and that’s horrible to see, in the region and worldwide,” Djokovic stated, “but life goes on, and we as athletes are looking forward to competing.”
Djokovic has stated he was considering of skipping the U.S. Open — whether it is performed — as a result of he described precautions placed on gamers as “extreme” and never ”sustainable,” together with a 14-day quarantine for overseas gamers, a restrict of 1 particular person per competitor at matches and obligatory lodging close to the match web site in Queens.
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Djokovic’s Adria Tour is scheduled to transfer on to neighboring Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Related Press contributed to this report.