world’s top-ranked male tennis player, Novak Djokovic has apologized publicly on Tuesday as he announced that he and his wife, Jelena, had tested positive for the coronavirus after being exposed by not being cautious enough.
The tennis star was quite remorseful as he took responsibility for his carelessness and not enforcing strict social distancing rules which made it possible for a lot of people to transmit the virus. His apology came days after he received lots of criticism over a tournament he organized with littlest attention to strict guidelines that should have been enforced to safeguard the attendees.
After the tournament, Djokovic and his wife were reported to be carrying their novel virus and other players and coaches were also found to be infected too. The tennis star was quoted to have said on his social media post “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm,”
The exhibition event, called the Adria Tour, was meant to bring some of the world’s best players to Balkan nations, including Djokovic’s own home country, Serbia and provide some income for the participating stars and some welcome entertainment to tennis fans who haven’t seen professional games since the lock down started.
What was supposed to be an event turned out to be a virus sharing tournament where a lot of people got infected with the coronavirus.
It was reported that social distancing was not observed in the stands during the series, and face masks were rarely used by participants and the spectators as well. Players mingled freely without precautions, exchanging tight hugs and handshakes, playing pickup soccer and basketball, and even partying to loud music in Belgrade, Serbia.
Novak Djokovic is an ace tennis star that has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the 3rd-most in history for a male player, five ATP Finals titles, 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No.
1 spot in the ATP rankings for over 280 weeks. In majors, he has won a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title. When he won the 2016 French Open, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the third man to hold all four major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969 and the first ever to do so on three different surfaces. Djokovic is the first Serbian player to be ranked No. 1 by the ATP and the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title.
He is a six-time ITF World Champion and a five-time ATP year-end No. 1 ranked player. Djokovic has won numerous awards, including the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year (four times)and the 2011 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award.
He is also a recipient of the Order of St. Sava, the Order of Karađorđe’s Star, and the Order of the Republika Srpska. He is the only male player to have won all nine of the Masters 1000 tournaments. Djokovic was also a member of Serbia’s winning Davis Cup team in 2010 and in the 2020 ATP Cup. It is safe to say he is the mam that has achieved all judging by his records.
In 2007, Djokovic founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation. The organization’s mission is to help children from disadvantaged communities to grow up and develop in stimulating and safe environments.
The foundation partnered with the World Bank in August 2015 to promote early childhood education in Serbia. His foundation has built 43 schools and supported almost 20,800 children and a thousand families to have a better life.
The Kindergarten in Jalovik village was built by the Novak Djokovic Foundation and for a long time, He participated in charity matches with the aim of raising funds for the reconstruction of the Avala Tower, as well as to aid victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2010–11 Queensland floods.
Djokovic was selected as the 2012 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year, for his contributions through the foundation, his role as a UNICEF national ambassador and other charitable projects at all times.