Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 tennis player in the world, has tested positive for coronavirus shortly after organizing and participating in an "exhibition" in Croatia. Djokovic announced his wife had tested positive as well, explaining "the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is to positive."
Djokovic had already been the target of criticism for organizing the Adria Tour, an exhibition held in Zadar, Croatia. The event reportedly had no social distancing guidelines and was canceled after several participants, including Viktor Troicki, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric, tested positive for COVID-19.
Nick Kyrgios, who has voiced his skepticism about resuming tennis in the wake of the pandemic, took to Twitter to point out that people are not taking the virus seriously enough.
"Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the 'exhibition,'" Kyrgios wrote on Twitter following Coric's positive test. "Speedy recovery fellas, but that's what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE."
In terms of the bigger picture, this brings into question how exactly athletes are going to avoid contracting coronavirus as sports begin to slowly resume. Even with safety measures in place, can the NBA really guarantee that it is keeping all of its players safe in Florida? Was New York governor Andrew Cuomo naive to say that the U.S. Open could still be played on time?
Perhaps social distancing measures will prove to be effective in keeping players safe but the fact that the best tennis player in the world tested positive is a good reminder that we all need to be smart and safe, especially as cases are spiking across the country.