It’s been a wild week for Novak Djokovic, who has gone from doing the limbo in a wild night out to being caught up in a coronavirus scare.
Djokovic celebrated the end of his successful charity tennis tournament in Serbia by hitting up a cabaret club in Belgrade alongside Dominic Thiem, Alexander Averev and Grigor Dimitrov.
The quarter got loose on the stage as they danced topless while Djokovic later took to the dance floor to do the limbo and Macarena.
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Djokovic broke down in tears after failing to reach the final in the first leg of his Balkans charity tournament on Sunday.
Reports have surfaced today though that Djokovic has additional reason for concern after a basketball star he was in proximity with tested positive for coronavirus.
Serbian basketball club Partizan confirmed that 26-year old Nikola Jankovic had return a positive test for the virus.
He is believed to have taken part in an honorary testimonial match for a former Partizan player, where Djokovic was a guest of honour and was presented with his own basketball jersey.
It is unclear whether Djokovic had any physical contact with Jankovic.
Djokovic’s charity event, while well-intentioned, sparked criticism online for the lack of social distancing and coronavirus precautions.
Meanwhile, the World No. 1 has made headlines for his firm stance against playing in the US Open and now another tennis player has slammed Djokovic for his “selfish” attitude.
Djokovic admits he is considering skipping the hardcourt major, which is pencilled in to start on August 31, because the coronavirus restrictions are too “extreme.”
“Most of the players I have talked to were quite negative on whether they would go there,” Djokovic said to Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS.
Sachia Vickery, who is ranked No. 158 in the world, has a different perspective to the top-ranked Djokovic and provided him with a reality check.
“It’s a little selfish to say that in a way because there are so many players who cannot afford to have seven or eight people travel with them in their team. Most of us are used to travelling with just one or two people.
“Obviously he’s earned the right to have as many people as he wants but at the end of the day, it’s an entire tour. If they have to make a few restrictions in order to be able to play tennis again, I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios backed Djokovic, but for different reasons.
According to Kyrgios, planning the US Open amid the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement is “selfish.”
“The ATP is trying to make the US Open go ahead. Selfish with everything going on at the moment,” Kyrgios tweeted.
“Obviously Covid, but also with the riots, together we need to overcome these challenges before tennis returns in my opinion.”