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Novak Djokovic has accused critics of subjecting him to a “witch-hunt” after his Adria Tour event ended. He said he was still uncertain whether he would play at the US Open.
Djokovic, his fellow Serb Viktor Troicki, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric of Croatia all tested positive for the virus and the event had to be called off. The Serb has hit back vehemently at peers and pundits who said he was irresponsible to stage the event amid the pandemic.
“I can only see criticism lately and much of it is malicious,” the world No 1 told the Serbian newspaper Sportski Zurnal. “It’s obviously more than just criticism, it’s like an agenda and a witch-hunt are on. Someone has to take the fall, a big name.
“I still haven’t decided whether I will play in the US Open [which is scheduled from 31 August to 13 September], the upsurge in registered Covid-19 cases in the United States and New York in particular are not playing into the event’s hands,” added Djokovic.
Djokovic tested negative after taking a second test last week.
“My intention was pure, I was whole-heartedly committed to organising a humanitarian event to help players and tennis federations in the [Balkan] region,” he said. “We complied with all the laws and regulations. But we’ve learned our lessons and some things could have probably been done in a different way.”