Nick Kyrgios hits out at Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour after second Covid-19 case

Nick Kyrgios has labelled the decision to allow the Adria Tour to take place as "boneheaded" after Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric announced they had tested positive for coronavirus.

Dimitrov was the first to confirm his positive test over the weekend, a day after a sluggish performance in a loss to Coric, who played again on Sunday but revealed on Monday he has an asymptomatic case of the disease.

The series of tournaments have been organised by world number one Novak Djokovic, with the ATP calendar suspended until at least mid-August because of the pandemic.

The second event was held in Croatia, which eased lockdown rules and meant players did not have to socially distance, with photos from the tournament's social channels showing handshakes at the net at the end of matches.

Kyrgios, the world number 40, wrote on Twitter: "Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the 'exhibition' speedy recovery fellas, but that's what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE."

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In this photo taken on Sunday, June 14, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, centre, poses with volunteers and players after the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia has led to a spike in the number the positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in the world and five players at Serbia’s biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 14, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, centre, poses with volunteers and players after the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia has led to a spike in the number the positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in the world and five players at Serbia’s biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match of the Adria Tour charity tournament against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match of the Adria Tour charity tournament against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match of the Adria Tour charity tournament against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, speaks with his wife Jelena during a final match of the Adria Tour charity tournament, between Austria's Dominic Thiem and Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov returner the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during their match of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov serves the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during their match of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Fans watch a tennis match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Germany's Alexander Zverev, of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their match of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Germany's Alexander Zverev wipes his face during the match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during the match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Friday, June 12, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov attend a press conference prior a a charity tournament Adria Tour, in Belgrade, Serbia. Dimitrov has tested positive for COVID-19, it is announced Monday June 22, 2020, leading to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was due to play in the final. Organizers said Sunday the exhibition has now been canceled. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, celebrates with Jelena Jankovic after a tennis doubles match against Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Olga Danilovic during the Adria Tour charity tournament, in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, June 12, 2020. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, second left, poses with Germany's Alexander Zverev, left, Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, second right, and Austria's Dominic Thiem after a press conference prior a a charity tournament Adria Tour, in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday June 12, 2020. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Serbia's Viktor Troicki returns the ball to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their match of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
BELGRADE, SERBIA - JUNE 14: Viktor Troicki returns during the 3rd day of Summer Adria Tour on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Alexander Zverev, one of several top-10 players to compete recently, revealed he had tested negative for the virus.

He wrote on Twitter: "I have just received the news that my team and I had tested negative for COVID-19. I deeply apologise to anyone that I have potentially put at risk by playing this tour.

"I will proceed to follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors. As an added precaution, my team and I will continue with our regular testing."

Belgrade in Serbia hosted the opening event before the players made their way to Zadar, where the tournament final involving Djokovic on Sunday was cancelled because of Dimitrov's positive test.

The world number 19, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals six years ago, wrote on Instagram: "Hi everyone – I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19.

"I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions.

"I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy. GD"

Coric, a two-time winner on the ATP Tour, said on Instagram on Monday: "Hi everyone, I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for Covid-19.

"I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested! I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused!

"I'm feeling well and don't have any simptoms(sic). Please stay safe and healthy! Lots of love to all!"

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