The rest of the Tour Adria, under the head of Montenegro, this week, is now very much in doubt. But the answer to the lack of social distancing, including pick-up basketball and a group photo with the children of the ball some in the tennis community has been rapid and severe.
“I sum it up as a horror show,” Bruno Soares, a member of the ATP Player Council, of which Djokovic is the president, said in an interview with the Brazilian news outlet GloboEsporte. “A tremendous irresponsibility and a huge lack of maturity. They were totally careless, and it is difficult for me to find the words.”
No paragon of self-restraint, Kyrgios has been suspended from the tour for misbehavior, and a fine often. But in this crisis of health, he urged tennis to adopt a conservative approach, as it has also criticized the recent decision to hold the 2020 goal in the u.s. Open on its origin, the planned dates.
But the U.S. Open and the regular tour events that precede it are to be played without spectators and with the strict social distancing requirements. There has been no such limits on the Tour Adria, in part, as Djokovic explained, because the local authorities do not have need of them. Serbia and the neighbouring countries have had relatively little positive coronavirus cases and deaths reported.
Even before Dimitrov and Coric test is positive, there are concerns about the optics of the full stadiums and party players with still a lot of suffering in the world.
“You need to be aware of who you are and to lead by example,” said Patrick McEnroe, ESPN analyst and former player who recovered the coronavirus, referring to Djokovic. He added that it would be “difficult to imagine” another top-tier player, like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Serena Williams, the outfit of the same tour.
When the men and women of the visits closed in March due to the pandemic, Djokovic was undefeated on court in 2020, but there has hardly been on a winning streak during the long break. He has caused controversy by questioning the need for a possible coronavirus vaccine, and explaining that he would have a difficult decision to make if one has been requested by the tower. At the U.S. Open announced its plans to protect the players against the virus by limiting the size of the entourage and the restriction of player movement, Djokovic was a virulent criticism of the idea, calling the plan “extreme” and wondering if he was going to play.