Dominic Thiem will donate the prize money he won last month in the tournament Adria Tour interrupted by the appearance of cases of coronavirus , announced his father and coach, Wolfgang Thiem, who came out in defense of Novak Djokovic, criticized for organizing that charity competition.
"I do not approve of what happened on the Adriatic tour, but condemn to Djokovic and say he screwed up everything is too cheap for me "Wolfgang Thiem said in an interview with the Viennese newspaper 'Die Presse' about the strong international criticism of world tennis number one.
The Rotary, which this Friday advances the statements that it will publish this Saturday in the printed version, recalls the scandal unleashed by the positive cases of several tennis players in the regional tournament that had been initially planned with three weeks of i competed tions in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. But it was interrupted on June 22 in the Croatian city of Zadar, the second stop, after the contagion of Grigor Dimitrov nineteenth in the ATP ranking.
The matches were played with the public and without the recommended hygiene and physical distancing measures to avoid infections.
In addition to hugging each other in front of the cameras, the tournament participants celebrated a party in a Belgrade club .
In Thiem Sr.'s opinion, Djokovic did nothing wrong: "Of course the disco dance was not optimal, but Djokovic basically did nothing bad. They were just a little neglected, they were euphoric »
He also values the charitable objective of the initiative of the world's first racket. "I prefer that there be a few more cases of coronavirus and be able to raise a few thousand euros for a childhood cancer clinic," he said. And he announced that his son will announce that he will donate the prize money won in Belgrade for charitable purposes .
Dominic Thiem himself, third in the ATP ranking, has admitted, in statements to the station public ORF that the tournament was a “great mistake of all of us.”
“ But the most important thing is that we learn from our mistakes ,” said Thiem this Thursday, shortly after it became known that Djokovic and his wife Jelena tested negative for a new coronavirus test, the first performed since the initial positive announced on June 23.
In addition to Djokovic and Dimitrov, Other Adria Tour participants, such as Croatian Borna Coric, Serbian Victor Troicki and his wife, and two Djokovic coaches, Marco Panichi and Goran Ivanisevic, as well as Dimitrov's, Kristijan Groh, had also tested positive.