The risk was always known but sadly measures were not in place to deter and transmission of the Coronavirus.
The Adria Tour gave us a look at the old normal but something just didn’t sit too right going back to normal whilst the virus is still a major risk.
Serbia and Croatia had been low on number of deaths but it hadn’t meant that a return to normal service was the right thing to do. I’ve always believed you should follow the government guidance but we know it isn’t always accurate and these players have a responsibility as role models and it’s failed.
Within the last 48 hours we have seen: four players, two players’ wives & a couple of members of coaching teams test positive.
Adria Tour posted on their Instagram account to confirm the event has been cancelled and the final two weekends of tennis will not take place.
“We are extremely sorry that we have to stop organizing the upcoming tennis tournaments in Banja Luka and Sarajevo. We were looking forward to promoting sports and providing financial support to local players, as well as to the audience finally seeing Novak Djokovic and other tennis players live, after many years of waiting. Unfortunately, due to all the events that happened in the last few days, we have decided that the most important thing right now is to stabilize the epidemiological situation, as well as for everyone to recover”, said the Adria Tour director, Djordje Djokovic.
“We thank all the participants from the Tennis Association of Republika Srpska, the city of Sarajevo, all those who worked hard in the previous days to prepare these events. We appreciate that and we are remaining friends, while hoping that we will make our idea happen, as soon as the conditions allow it”, Djokovic emphasized.
In the end, Djordje Djokovic reminded that the idea of Adria Tour sports event was of charity nature, with the goal of helping players from the region increase their earnings, supporting charity organizations and promoting good values.
“We now remain focused on supporting all those who have been infected with the Covid-19, wishing them to recover as soon as possible”, said the Organizing Committee.