Tennis pro Novak Djokovic is not only dealing with the news that he has acquired coronavirus, but he also is dealing with the guilt that he possibly gave it to others before he even knew he was sick.
On Tuesday (June 23,) the Serbian athlete headed to his Instagram to announce the news that he had in fact tested positive for COVID-19, along with his wife Jelena. The couple’s two children have tested negative for the virus thus far.
However, Djokovic also used the post to publicly apologize to all those who attended the tennis event that he had held in Zadar, Croatia, but was quickly cancelled when participants Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. Everything the organizers and I did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,” said Djokovic.
The accomplished tennis player went on to say that he was under the impression that the virus had ‘weakened’ in the area in which the event took place.
“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,” he added. “We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection. ”
He went on to ask everyone who attended the Adria Tour and those around attendees to please get tested.
“The rest of the tournament has been canceled and we will remain focused on all those who have been affected. I pray for everyones full recovery.”