Djokovic defends packing the stands at tennis charity tour event in Serbia
Jun 15 2020
Serbian tennis pro Novak Djokovic defended the massive crowd of 20,000 spectators that showed up for the opening day of his charity tennis tour in Belgrade, saying he's sticking to the coronavirus guidelines provided by the government.
Commentator Nick McCarvel couldn't believe the "shocking" scenes, while British tennis writer Mike Dickson questioned the double standards of players voicing their fears about the US Open but interacting so closely at the Adria Cup.
The tournament now shifts to the Croatian coastal city of Zadar on Saturday and Sunday, where the field will be bolstered by more big names - 2014 US Open victor Marin Cilic and Borna Coric.
At the end of his contest with Zverev, Djokovic shocked the capacity 4,000 crowd with an outpouring of emotions. "Nobody knows, it's hard to imagine the US Open being held", Gasquet told AFP ahead of the start of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, taking place close to Nice. Serbia has registered more than 12,000 coronavirus cases and 252 deaths, although the numbers have been rising again since the government lifted most of the lockdowns and restrictions last month.
"The Adria Tour will also importantly raise money for COVID-19 relief funds, something which beIN is very supportive of through our partnership with the World Health Organization".
"We are running out of time so we will know where we stand either tomorrow or the day after".
Dominic Thiem completed an undefeated weekend
Three-time US Open champion Djokovic, who made an 18-0 start to the 2020 season before it was suspended, has now admitted that he is unlikely to play at Flushing Meadows this year and will instead focus on the clay-court season.
Krajinovic, who stunned world number one Djokovic on Saturday after losing to Zverev, squeezed through on the basis of having the best games differential among the three.
Krajinovic was off to a ideal start, taking the opening six games for a 4-0, 2-0 advantage, looking good to topple the better-ranked opponent.
Djokovic's win over Zverev meant that the two and Krajinovic all finished with a 2-1 win-loss record and an identical 5-3 set difference.
World No.3 Dominic Thiem and Bulgarian No.1 Grigor Dimitrov were also present at the charity event. Players face each other in a round robin format in two groups of four, each will play in afternoon and evening sessions on the Saturday, followed by a Sunday morning session.