Australian tennis pro Nick Kyrgios criticized Novak Djokovic for being “irresponsible” on Tuesday, sharing a video of the world No. 1 dancing shirtless in a Serbian bar days before he and several other players at his charity event were positive for coronavirus.
Kyrgios turned to Twitter shortly after it became known that Djokovic himself contracted the virus after the second event on the Adria Tour in Zadar, Croatia.
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“Prayers to all the players who have hired Covid – 19 [sic]”He said in a retweet of the video.” Don’t tell me what I have done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupid’; this takes the cake. “
The video, initially posted to social media on June 15, appeared to show Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, and several other notable players at the Lafayette Cuisine Cabaret Club in Belgrade, according to the New York Post. No one seemed to be following the patterns of social distancing and the professionals were even seen dancing shirtless.
Djokovic issued a statement Tuesday morning confirming that he and his wife Jelena had tested positive after returning to Serbia after the cancellation of the second stop on the Adria Tour.
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Dimitrov was the first to test positive, followed by Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki and his wife, and a couple of coaches, all of whom participated in the tournament.
“The insane decision to go ahead with the ‘show-off’ quick recovery boys, but that’s what happens when you ignore all protocols,” Kyrgios wrote on Twitter in response to Coric’s statement of his positive result, adding: “This is not a joke”.
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Kyrgios also called the United States Tennis Association (USTA) “selfish” last week after announcing that it would move forward with the United States Open in New York City in late August.