The footage from the Adria Tour, the charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic that was canceled after the announcement of the positivity for COVID-19 by some players (including world number 1 and his wife Jelena), went around the world.
The decision not to comply with the security protocols and the rules on social distancing has not had the expected effects, in fact, it is likely that the image of the Serbian will be definitely compromised. According to some authorized rumors, a vote could be held to decree Nole’s removal from his role as chairman of the players council.
The Belgrade champion did not receive great solidarity from his colleagues, and received harsh criticism from Nick Kyrgios, Noah Rubin and Andy Murray. Only Gilles Simon attempted to throw water into the fire, but the impression is that it will take much more to overcome this storm.
Meanwhile, former Djokovic coach Boris Becker has snapped a spear in favor of the 17-time Grand Slam champion, guilty of having done something light-hearted but unfairly crucified and exploited.
Becker: “The criticism he receives is unfair”
“I want to defend Novak Djokovic.
I think the criticism he receives is unfair. The reason everyone showed up was the correct one. Yes, I agree that maybe the party and basketball were not necessary, but I was 30 years old and when I see my friends I like to have a little fun and when the camera is started in this day and age it is always dangerous.
I understand the temptation, but I think it was done for the right reasons, so we should expect that all players are affected and that everyone involved recovers; you and back on your feet and the tennis tour will resume safely “- stated Boris Becker.
Meanwhile, Paul Annacone, who has coached Roger Federer and Andy Murray, told Sports Illustrated: “I think there are a lot of his teammates who are scratching their heads.” His passion for doing something good clouded all the information, all the science.
It was a good cause, driven by the right reason, but the end result was quite disastrous. There are 10 people on the council; You should imagine how you feel about it. You have 500 players from all over the world at the cutting edge, hoping they can play in eight weeks. [at the US Open].
Every action has a consequence ”. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the professional season in early March and the Wimbledon 2020 championships were canceled.