Over the last several months, there has remained a significant concern over the coronavirus that has become a global pandemic. It has heavily impacted many regions of the world, leading to shutdown protocols being put in place in many different business industries. Sports has been no different as many leagues have gone through an extended stop in play for precautionary reasons. Tennis has been among those but recently attempted to restart that has now seen the world’s No.1 ranked player Novak Djokovic test positive for the virus. However, the tennis star’s contraction may have come irresponsibly.
Novak Djokovic tests positive for the coronavirus
Throughout the entire process, the tennis world had avoided mainly the coronavirus impacting their players.
However, that changed earlier this week as Novak Djokovic revealed that he had tested positive for the virus. In response to the situation, Djokovic released a statement voiced his disappointment with it still being prevalent and hopeful that everyone that has it can fully recover. (H/T ESPN)
“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were,” Djokovic said in a statement released Tuesday. “I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.”
He is the fourth player that participated in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia joining the likes of Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, and Viktor Troicki. The virus outbreak led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA professional tennis tours in March.
In connection to that, Djokovic voiced in April that he would not take a vaccine for the virus to be able to compete even if it was mandatory to travel. He received much backlash for his decision, which he later continued to go against the grain as he practiced at a tennis club in Spain in May before it was allowed.
How Novak Djokovic may have caught the coronavirus
Since the initial story broke that Novak Djokovic had tested positive for the virus, there have been plenty more details to emerge.
One of which centers on Djokovic’s decision to participate in the tennis events in Croatia. However, it has also seen video and images emerge showing him and other tennis players taking part in a party in a Belgrade nightclub on Sunday night. It doesn’t look like anybody was taking any precautionary measures with masks or social distancing in the nightclub.
That included Grigor Dimitrov, who also recently tested positive for the virus. It isn’t to suggest this is where the two many have caught the illness, but it shows an utter lack of responsibility for their well-being. It demonstrates a lack of care and seriousness concern for the virus that has impacted and taken so many lives.
Novak Djokovic’s positive test can bring more awareness
Regardless of how Novak Djokovic may have caught the coronavirus, it’s a chance to raise awareness toward the situation.
Djokovic had long been against the extra precautionary measures, but having tested positive for the virus could provide him another perspective. It’s also a chance to use the platform he has to help emphasize the need to take the matter more seriously.
There has been a recent uptick in various parts of the world, including the United States, which should draw more attention toward continuing those precautionary measures. Djokovic has an opportunity to help be part of the solution in a significant way.