Grigor Dimitrov became the first big name in the tennis world to test positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the star announced Sunday on social media.
“I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19,” the Bulgarian posted 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.”
Dimitrov just took part in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour which was set to host a final match for the second leg today in Zadar, Croatia between Djokovic and Andrey Rublev. But the Bulgarian’s revelation cancelled the finale.
Last week, Dimitrov joined Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem among others in Belgrade for the event which had fans in attendance and plenty of non-social distancing moments.
There was even a heavily scrutinized after-party with the players having fun in close proximity seemingly without concern for the virus.
— THE JOKER(S) 🃏🇷🇸 (@NBASerbians) June 15, 2020
Earlier at the event, a pro basketballer friend of Djokovic’s who was also present during the tour, Nikola Jankovic, tested positive, as well. But the show went on.
Djokovic not only is charge of the tour, but he’s also the head of the ATP player council.
With Dimitrov’s positive result, it’s unclear what the future holds the exo series. Dimitrov will have to be in quarantine for some time.
“At all times we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria Tour was organised,” a statement from the tour read. “None of the people involved in the organisation and who have been in contact with Grigor have any symptoms. However, we are in close contact with health authorities in order to insure that all people who were in contact with Grigor Dimitrov will be tested tonight. Since we do not want to risk, we decided to cancel the Final match. The concert of Peter Graso, which was supposed to take place after the final match, was also canceled. For the organizers of the Adria Tour, the health of all participants and visitor comes first.”
The Tour was scheduled to go to Montenegro then wrap up the fourth leg in Banja Luka on July 4. Meanwhile, Thiem, who was with Dimitrov in Belgrade, is now playing the fan-less Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) in France.
— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) June 21, 2020
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Hi Everyone-I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. 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. GD
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