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Calls Grow in Tennis World for Djokovic Resignation

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates a point win against Japan's Tatsuma Ito during their second round singles match at the Australian Open

World number one Novak Djokovic is under increasing pressure to step down from his role as the ATP Players’ Council president following the coronavirus debacle at his Adria Cup event.

Djokovic along with Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Ciric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive to the coronavirus during last week’s Adria Cup in Zadar, forcing the event to be suspended.

The Serbian had organised the Adria Cup amid the COVID-19 outbreak to be played across numerous weeks in different Balkan countries, but it has come under widespread condemnation.

The event had players fly in from numerous different countries to play, while it did not observe any social distancing rules, with players shaking hands throughout, while Djokovic led celebrations at a nightclub.

Nick Kyrgios led the backlash on social media of Djokovic, whose reputation has been hit hard by his disregard, despite his best intentions.

Todd Woodbridge, a 16-time doubles Grand Slam winner, was critical of the Serbian, saying he didn’t set a good example, although he didn’t call for his resignation.

“He has a lot to clean up, his reputation,” Woodbridge said.

“He’s the president of the ATP. Many of the world’s media went hard at him for the way this was all set up. It has been terrible for our sport this past week.

“Obviously with Novak and his wife testing positive, Grigor Dimitrov, Goran Ivanisevic, Borna Coric and many of their team as well.

“He’s the leader of the players and he didn’t set a great example. So he’s going to have to do a lot to bounce back from that. Many of the players have called for that (resignation), we’ll wait and see what happens.”

The situation has put a dark cloud over the majors scheduled for later this year; namely the US Open in August and the French Open which has been re-arranged for September.

Ben somerford
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