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Dominic Thiem offered a public apology for the role he played in the Adria Tour. However, his manager insists that only Novak Djokovic should be apologising for the role he played in organising the event.
Thiem was among the players filmed at a nightclub at the end of the Belgrade leg of the Adria Tour but unlike Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Viktor Troicki and Borna Coric, he didn’t receive a positive coronavirus test.
“We played without an audience for weeks, so we have been more than happy about the fans at the event,” Thiem wrote in an Instagram post.
“We trusted the Serbian government’s corona rules, but we have been too optimistic. Our behaviour was a mistake, we acted too euphorically. I am extremely sorry.”
His manager Herwig Straka, however, thinks Djokovic is the only person who should be apologising.
“In hindsight it was all dumb, even if it was allowed,” Straka told Der Standard. “Everyone knows it was dumb, no one needs a public apology. The only one who should apologise is Djokovic. He staged the whole thing. The others were only there. They didn’t kill anyone. You have to assign Djokovic the main share of the blame. The others participated, but he was very encouraging. Originally for worthy reasons, with charity as the main goal, but then it went into a completely wrong direction. It became a publicity show. You have to blame that on Djokovic.”