Novak Djokovic apologised for organising the Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region after it emerged that 4 players, including himself, tested positive for Covid-19 after featuring in the event.
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Serbia and Manchester United defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic hit back at Novak Djokovic’s critics over the mismanaged Adria Tour exhibition tournament, writing an open letter in support of his compatriot.
Matic siad mice have come out of their holes and given themselves the right to criticise Djokovic.
Matic’s comments came after Djokovic faced flak over the Adria Tour tournament after which 4 tennis players, including himself tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The final of the Croatian leg, scheduled for Sunday was cancelled. So was the final leg in Bosnia.
There were packed stands in Belgrade during the opening leg of the Adria Tour. Players were seen hugging and fist-pumping even social distancing guidelines have become a norm across the country. There was kids’ day as part of the tournament. Players played basketball.
One of the most disturbing visuals from the tour was Djokovic and his mates partying at a night club in Belgrade as if it were pre Covid-19 times.
Respected, I see that in the last few days, there has been a campaign against Novak Djokovic for organizing a tournament in Belgrade, although according to the laws of the state of Serbia, everything was in order and it was organized at a high level. Despite that, the mice have come out of their holes giving themselves the right to criticize the world number one, both in terms of tennis, but also in his attitude toward all the people in the world. However, I’m not worried. Very soon the cat (read, Nole) will be on the court, and the mice back in the hole. The tournament was great and I hope it will become traditional, because our tennis deserves it.
Matic said he resents the fact that Djokovic apologised after the players tested positive for Covid-19.
The only thing I hold against Novak that he apologized to the mice who criticize him for no reason. No, Nole. They will be apologizing to you – soon. Greetings to all the people of this world, from Manchester. Nemanja Matic
The World No. 1 tennis player apologised on Tuesday, saying it was “too soon” for an event like the Adria Tour.
“We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons. We were wrong and it was too soon,” Djokovic said as he apologised on Tuesday.