Monday, June 22, 2020

Another tennis star Borna Coric tests positive for covid-19

Another top tennis player, Borna Coric said he has contracted the coronavirus, a day after Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov made his status known.

Croatia’s Coric announced on Monday that he has tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament with Dimitrov.

The tournament also featured world number one Novak Djokovic.

“Hi everyone, I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for Covid-19,” the top 50 player posted on Twitter.

Dimitrov’s fitness trainer has also been reported to have tested positive.

Dimitrov announced his status Sunday on Instagram and warned everyone who participated in the exhibition tournament to go for a test.

The 29-year-old Bulgarian had been competing in the Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Croatia until he withdrew due to illness during the weekend.

The final of the Croatia event in the coastal resort of Zadar was cancelled as a result.

The second leg of this tour would have featured world number one Novak Djokovic and Russian Andrey Rublev.

“I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for COVID-19,” former world number three Dimitrov wrote on Instagram.

“I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions.

“I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy.”

Goran Ivanisevic, the director of the tour’s Zadar leg and Djokovic’s coach, was greeted with jeers from the fans when he broke the news courtside.

“We have just been informed that Grigor Dimitrov has tested positive for coronavirus and we will have to call off the final of the tournament in Zadar,” he said.

“Unfortunately we had to make the decision as we don’t want anybody else to catch the virus.”

Dimitrov pulled out of the tournament on Saturday after he felt unwell following his opening singles match against Croatian Borna Coric, who has now caught the virus.

With international tennis suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Djokovic organised the Adria Tour as a charity event designated to be contested over four legs across the former Yugoslavia.

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