Djokovic, whose primary organizational role in the tour was to recruit the players, said that his two young children — Stefan, 5, and Tara, 2 — had tested negative for the virus and that he would remain in isolation in Belgrade for the next 14 days and be retested later this week. The remainder of the tour, scheduled for Banja Luka and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been canceled.
“It’s easy to be a general after a fight,” Ivanisevic said. “Everybody is smart now, and they are attacking Novak. He tried to do a great thing, a humanitarian thing. We were locked down for three months. He organized this tour. The players came in Belgrade and we had good tennis and a good atmosphere. Everything in Serbia and everything in Croatia was done with the recommendations by the government.”
Three other leading players who took part in the tour — Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev — announced on Monday that they had tested negative for the virus but would also self-isolate for two weeks. Dominic Thiem, the Austrian ranked No. 3, who won the Belgrade leg of the tour, has since played in another exhibition event in France. He has tested negative three times for the virus. It is unclear whether he, too, will be required to self-isolate.
Djokovic, 33, is not only the top player in the world, he is also president of the ATP Player Council, which has been actively involved in planning for the return of the regular men’s tour. The tour has been shut down since March because of the pandemic and is now scheduled to resume in mid-August at the earliest. The plan is to do so without spectators and with strict testing and health protocols in place.
Several players have criticized Djokovic’s decision to organize the Adria Tour without any such measures, arguing that it not only risked public health, but sent the wrong message to the wider world. “Apparently there’s a pandemic,” Andy Roddick, a former No. 1 from the United States, wrote on Twitter.
“A horror show,” Bruno Soares, a Brazilian doubles star who is also a member of the player council, said in an interview with GloboEsporte. “With the situation in the world, even if you are at the North Pole, you don’t go out and party and post the photos on Instagram.”
Even Ivanisevic conceded that the limbo dance, in which he took part, might have been over the top. “OK, maybe you didn’t need this,” he said. “But they are all individuals. Nobody forced anybody to come into that club. Nobody forced anybody to dance. Nobody can tell you go on the stage, take your shirt off and dance. And how do you know anyone even got infected at that party?”