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Djokovic makes donation to Serbian city hit by COVID-19

Djokovic makes donation to Serbian city hit by COVID-19

The world’s number one tennis player, Serbian Novak Djokovic, who tested positive for the new coronavirus, made a donation of more than 40,000 euros ($ 45,000) to a city in his country that has been particularly hit by the pandemic, the press reported. local.

That place is Novi Pazar, located in the southwest of Serbia, reported the sports network SportKlub TV. That city had declared a state of emergency in June due to the increase in respiratory diseases.

Serbia has seen a spike in cases, with more than 200 daily recently, up from around 50 a day a month ago.

In mid-June, Djokovic launched a tournament in Belgrade, which later continued in Zadar (Croatia), under the name of Adria Tour. The event ended up being canceled in the middle of the competition, when several positive cases were detected.

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One of them was that of Djokovic himself. Others were those of other tennis players (Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki) and former tennis player Goran Ivanisevic, Djokovic’s collaborator and director of the Croatian stage of that Adria Tour, also tested positive.

The event had generated controversy when it was disputed with the public, without the usual restrictions that these types of competitions have after the declaration of a pandemic in March. In addition, players had been seen hugging and even partying in a Belgrade nightclub, without respecting social distancing.

Djokovic had been highly criticized for that Adria Tour and the lack of respect for sanitary regulations.

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The ATP and WTA tennis circuits have been on hold since March and are scheduled to resume in August. AFP (HN)

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