Ivani­se­vic lat­est to test pos­i­tive for COVID-19

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For­mer Wim­ble­don cham­pion Go­ran Ivani­se­vic, who now coaches No­vak Djokovic and at­tended the topranked player’s ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries in Ser­bia and Croa­tia, said Fri­day he has tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus.

The Croa­t­ian great, who won his only Grand Slam ti­tle at the All Eng­land Club in 2001, wrote on In­sta­gram that he tested pos­i­tive af­ter two neg­a­tive tests in the last 10 days, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

‘’I would like to in­form ev­ery­one who has been in con­tact with me that I tested pos­i­tive and ask them to take ex­tra good care of them­selves and their loved ones,’’ Ivani­se­vic wrote. ‘’I will con­tinue to self-iso­late as I have been do­ing al­ready.’’

Ivani­se­vic, who said he has no symp­toms, at­tended the Adria Tour ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries, a char­ity event hosted by Djokovic in Bel­grade and at the Adri­atic re­sort of Zadar in Croa­tia.

Four play­ers from those events, in­clud­ing Djokovic and his wife, have said they have the virus. Grigor Dim­itrov, Borna Coric and Vik­tor Troicki all said they also have it.

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors at­tended the matches in Bel­grade and Zadar, and no so­cial dis­tanc­ing was ob­served.

Do­minic Thiem, who won the open­ing event in Bel­grade on June 14, said Thurs­day that he has been tested five times but is neg­a­tive.

The fi­nal for the event in Croa­tia was can­celed and sub­se­quent matches in other coun­tries were also called off.

Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam cham­pion who has pre­vi­ously said he was against tak­ing a vac­cine for the virus even if it be­came manda­tory to travel, said on Tues­day it was ‘’too soon’’ to host such an event.

The coro­n­avirus out­break led to the sus­pen­sion of the ATP and WTA pro­fes­sional tennis tours in March. Plans were an­nounced last week for the sport’s sanc­tioned events to re­turn in Au­gust.

But the in­fec­tions have raised ques­tions about the full-fledged re­turn of com­pet­i­tive tennis, in­clud­ing the US Open, which is sched­uled to be­gin on Au­gust 31 with­out spec­ta­tors.

Djokovic has called the rules to keep ev­ery­one safe at the US Open ‘’ex­treme.’’

AN­DREJ CUKIC/EPA

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