Tennis star burns Djokovic after Bouchard’s post

Andrea Petkovic dunked all over Novak Djokovic and his male mates after women’s tennis returned this week.

World No. 1 Djokovic has been slammed for holding his Adria Tour — an exhibition tournament in Serbia and Croatia — with absolutely no social distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was eventually called off as Djokovic, his wife Jelena and other tennis stars Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all contracted coronavirus.

On the court the players at the Adria Tour regularly hugged and high-fived, and off the court they partied together in nightclubs.

But it was a much different story at the Credit One Bank Invitational, where 16 female stars gathered to dust off the racquets after a three-month break in preparation for the resumption of the WTA Tour in August.

The women wore face masks and adhered to strict social distancing measures in Charleston and Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard said on Twitter “the fact we could play tennis in a healthy and safe environment is a win in itself”.

Responding to Bouchard’s post, world No. 87 Petkovic took the chance to highlight the difference in behaviour between the men’s and women’s sides of tennis.

So far, from what I can gather, female tennis players have conducted themselves in an admirable manner in these trying times of crisis, amirite.

Australian great Rennae Stubbs got a giggle out of Petkovic’s swipe, and pointed out that none of the women involved in the Adria Tour had contracted COVID-19.

“I believe NONE of them got it. Might have to do with not playing sweaty basketball or soccer together,” Stubbs tweeted. “Let’s hope it stays that way.”

Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic defended his pupil in the wake of fierce criticism for his failure to heed the advice of medical experts, only for the Croatian to later test positive to coronavirus.

Djokovic initially defended the Adria Tour going ahead but was forced to apologise after positive tests started emerging.

“I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm,” he said. “Everything the organisers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions.

“We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good conditions to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons.

“We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.”

Aussie star Nick Kyrgios called the decision to proceed with the Adria Tour “boneheaded” while Brit Dan Evans lashed Djokovic and Co. for “having a players’ party and dancing all over each other”.

Djokovic and his wife Jelena both tested positive for coronavirus after the Adria Tour.Source:AFP

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