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Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic tests positive for coronavirus

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– Ivanisevic had defended player over ill-fated Adria Tour
– Davis Cup Finals in Madrid put back to 2021

Novak Djokovic’s coach, the former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Croatian, who won Wimbledon in 2001, had defended Djokovic over his organisation of the ill-fated Adria Tour. The event had to be cancelled after one of the players, Grigor Dimitrov, confirmed he had tested positive.

Ivanisevic supported Djokovic, who has also tested positive, telling the New York Times everyone criticising the 33-year-old was “smart now” but that the event had been given government approval.

Now he has tested positive too. “Unfortunately after two negative tests in the last 10 days, I have just found out I have tested positive for Covid-19,” the 48-year-old wrote on Instagram. “I feel good and don’t have any symptoms.”
The event, which took place in front of crowds in Serbia and Croatia with little evidence of physical distancing, was criticised by other top players. Nick Kyrgios called the decision to stage the event “boneheaded” while the British No 1, Dan Evans, described it as “a poor example to set”.

Djokovic said earlier this week: “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. Everything the organisers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions.

“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. We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.”

The coronavirus outbreak has also forced the Davis Cup Finals to be postponed until 2021. The event will now take place in Madrid at the end of November next year.

“This is a tough decision but delivering an international team event on this scale while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved ultimately poses too great a risk,” David Haggerty, the president of the International Tennis Federation, said.

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‘Novak Djokovic has a big chance to get back in the Grand Slam race,’ says analyst

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The Australian Open will provide Novak Djokovic with ‘a big chance’ to get him back into the Grand Slam race, says Radmilo Armenulić.

The world number one lost ground to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros earlier this month with the Spaniard beating him in the final to win his 20th Grand Slam and draw him level with Roger Federer on the all-time list.

Djokovic, by comparison, is on 17, but he has a supreme record in Melbourne, and former Serbia Davis Cup captain Armenulić has warned against writing him off just yet.

“There are many stories that the Grand Slam will not be played in Australia, which is Novak’s great chance for a new, 18th Grand Slam title, which would completely return him to the race,” Armenulić told alo.rs.

“If the tournament still takes place, which we all hope, the least Novak will do is settle with Federer in terms of the number of weeks at the top of the ATP list.

“Nole is already warming up for such a scenario, I see that he will play in Vienna, win that tournament and calmly wait for the end of the season.

“I am sure that Novak has already recovered from the crisis, while Nadal will only be able to endanger him at the Masters in Paris.”

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