Tennis champion Novak Djokovic has issued an apology after he became the fourth player to test positive for COVID-19 at his charity tournament. 

The #1 ranked tennis star said in a statement Tuesday, “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. Everything the organizers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons,” he said. “We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.”  Djokovic added, “If you attended Adria Tour or were around any attendees please get tested and practice social distancing.”

Three other tennis players competing at Adria Tour, a tournament Djokovic organized in Croatia and Serbia, have tested positive. All matches have been canceled.

Djokovic said he will self-isolate for the next 14 days and retake a coronavirus test in five days. Djokovic’s wife has also tested positive for the coronavirus but their children are negative, he said.

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