Alexander Zverev in grovelling Instagram apology as coronavirus farce engulfs Adria Tour

Alexander Zverev in grovelling Instagram apology as coronavirus farce engulfs Adria Tour

Alexander Zverev has insisted he is “deeply” sorry for putting anybody in danger of catching the deadly coronavirus by competing in the Adria Tour. Sunday’s final in Zadar, Croatia was cancelled after it emerged Grigor Dimitrov had contracted COVID-19.

Zverev and his fellow competitors were whisked away for testing having featured alongside Dimitrov over the past two weekends in Belgrade, Serbia and Zadar respectively.

Borna Coric announced on Monday morning that he had tested positive for coronavirus, with Dimitrov’s coach Kristijan Groh and Novak Djokovic‘s fitness coach Marko Paniki reported to have caught it too.

While Zverev is relieved to have been given the all clear, he has apologised to anyone put at risk by his involvement in the tour, which also featured Dominic Thiem and Marin Cilic.


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“I have just received the news that my team and I have tested negative for COVID-19,” Zverev wrote on Instagram. “I deeply apologise to anyone that I have potentially put at risk by playing this tour.

“I will proceed to follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors. As an added precaution, my team and I will continue with regular testing. I wish everyone who has tested positive a speedy recovery. Stay safe (praying hands emoji).”

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The Adria Tour was controversial due to the fact social distancing advice was not being adhered to, despite it taking place in Serbia and Croatia, where there have been low rates of coronavirus cases.

World No 1 Djokovic dismissed fears that it might prove a hotbed for COVID-19, which were raised due to fans being allowed to attend the events.

Like Zverev, Cilic released a statement on Monday afternoon to announced he had not contracted coronavirus.

“Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you that I have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus and am feeling well,” Cilic wrote on Twitter. “Regardless, I will self isolate for the next 14 days and continue to listen to the advice of medical professionals.


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“I will keep you informed of any changes to my status. Thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Stay well.”

Eastern European outlet Sport Klub reported 22 people had been tested in Zadar, but Djokovic was not thought to be among them.

Coric apologised for putting people involved in the Adria Tour at risk when he confirmed his positive test result on Monday

“I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused!” wrote the Croatian.

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Published at Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:17:00 +0000