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Serbian basketball club Partizan announced on Monday that their 26-year-old basketball player Nikola Jankovic has tested positive for coronavirus. This news could have a chain of repercussions far outside basketball too, as Jankovic was reported to have attended an event with Serbian compatriot and World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic just last week.
Jankovic, who was supposed to go on a vacation, was tested before he could leave Serbia. Despite not showing symptoms, the power forward turned out to be positive for COVID-19 and has been ordered to self-isolate immediately - along with the other members of the Partizan team. As it turns out, Jankovic along with other members of the Partizan basketball team had participated in an honorary testimonial match for basketball coach and former Partizan player Dejan Milojevic. Serbia's tennis legend Novak Djokovic was invited to the event as a special guest of honor, and the World No. 1 was presented with a basketball jersey too - with his name and the number 1 on it.
While it is unknown if Djokovic personally came into any physical contact with Jankovic during his time at the event, questions would have certainly arisen around the tennis icon's own health.
The potential problems for the tennis world do not end here. Soon after attending the basketball event, Djokovic participated in the inaugural edition of his own exhibition tennis event, the 'Adria Tour', whose first leg culminated on Sunday.
The weekend-long Belgrade leg saw participation from a few of tennis' biggest stars including World No. 3 Dominic Thiem (who won the tournament), World No. 7 Alexander Zverev and World No. 19 Grigor Dimitrov. Other participants in the event included Djokovic's compatriots Viktor Troicki, Filip Krajinovic (who reached the final), Dusan Lajovic and Nikola Milojevic.
In particular, the two biggest stars alongside Djokovic - Thiem and Zverev - were in close contact with Djokovic throughout the three days even outside the court. They spent time roaming around the streets of Belgrade as a group, and also attended various media events together.
Djokovic had even personally picked up both Thiem and Zverev as they arrived at the Belgrade airport in specially arranged private jets.
After the conclusion of the event, the young guns along with Dimitrov and the others spent the night partying in a night club with Djokovic. The 23-year-old Zverev in particular seemed to be enjoying his night out with the best tennis player in the world.
It is interesting to note that as the tennis tour is still on a forced break, the players at the Adria Tour were the primary attractions in the exhibition tournaments planned around Europe. If any of these stars are now forced to self-isolate, the whole "exhibition calendar" could be thrown off-balance.
The Austrian sensation Dominic Thiem in particular has a series of exhibitions scheduled in order to keep himself in perfect conditioning for the return of professional tennis. This sudden occurrence could derail his plans - including participation in Patrick Mouratoglou's Ultimate Tennis Showdown and his own invitational tournament 'Thiem's 7' back home in Austria.
However, most of this is conjecture at the moment. Things would escalate only if Novak Djokovic is told to self-isolate - that is an event that can set off a series of ticking bombs.
The other notable personality who was in attendance at the basketball event along with Nikola Jankovic and Novak Djokovic was Serbian actor Darko Peric - famous for his role in the Spanish series 'La Casa de Papel'.

 

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He should get tested. They just tested an NFL star who was positive. It doesnt mean Nole is a positive, but he should get a test.
 
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Fingers crossed he is negative.
 

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Seriously exposed? You sound like you're talking about radiation. Way to overreact. Guy is asymptomatic, tested positive through a routine medical checkup, Im pretty certain most of us have had contact with asymptomatic carriers already, so what?

If they were in close contact at this event, he should get checked, otherwise no big deal.
 
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Nah. Djoko is the one athlete I expect to be fine even if infected — he is the healthiest tennis player of all time.

He single-handedly instigated the gluten-free and xyz-free obsession of all the other players on the tour now.

He's so healthy that Coronairuses will regret the day they entered in him and commit mass suicide
 

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Since when does Fakervic play on the WTA Tour ????
 

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Even I, who don't like Novak, don't wish him ill, but it's his own fault. Him training in the club at Marbella (a beautiful club I might add) shows he thinks little of social distancing rules.

Further that with this "Adria Tour" he tried to put forth and then foolishly attending this event (even if he obviously didn't know the guy had it) and this is what happens.
 

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Pray4JJ

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As pointed out he is a healthy person, and even if he gets it he will (in all probablities) be OK.
It is mid-June, plenty of time before the real tennis begins.
 

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It seems that a very few countries really want to follow capitalism after 30 years. Serbia like Serbia, but Czech Republic? And they keep hosting, next is Croatia if I am not wrong, though Czech Republic has an individual circuit.

I don't mind if they get infected, they are young and don't have health problems, they are athletes. Not many could die. But they are bad examples and can infect the others.

They just love Russia in most of the Eastern countries.

You shall not murder, Novak! A good Christian is responsible.
 

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As pointed out he is a healthy person, and even if he gets it he will (in all probablities) be OK.
It is mid-June, plenty of time before the real tennis begins.
It's not just him!

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I don't mind if they get infected, they are young and don't have health problems, they are athletes. Not many could die. But they are bad examples and can infect the others.
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You shall not murder, Novak! A good Christian is responsible.
There are always people around who are more vulnerable that the athlete, even if that may not be obvious just by looking at them. Again, just two or three degrees of separation from Djokovic could mean 50 people getting infected. Why are they taking such risks? It's not as if anywhere in the Balkans is free of the coronavirus, although Croatia and Montenegro are getting close.
 

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I didnt understand the lack of any distancing there. A golfer tested positive, a jockey did, a MMA fighter did
Every sport is going to have this. Tennis has built-in distancing, and I dont think one or 2 positives will stop these summer events
 

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Someone protect JJ for heavens sake!

But in all seriousness this could be the norm when the tour starts again.

Get well soon Dimitrov.


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The final between Djokovic and Rublev in Croatia has just been canceled after Dimitrov tested positive
 
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