World primary Novak Djokovic misplaced considered one of his two opening singles matches on Saturday on the charity event he organized, and his day received worse when information broke that one of many occasion’s 4 legs has been scrapped resulting from coronavirus considerations.
Shortly after beating fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki in his opening match, Djokovic mentioned he was disenchanted that the Adria Tour’s third leg in Montenegro, scheduled for June 27-28, had been referred to as off.
“I’m so unhappy for the Montenegro leg,” he instructed the Balkan nation’s Sport Klub tv in a courtside interview in entrance of a capability 4,000 crowd.
“We tried every thing, however the borders are nonetheless not open and we do not have time to arrange all of it.”
With 12,251 confirmed instances and 253 deaths associated to COVID-19, Serbia is among the many nations whose residents are usually not allowed to journey to its southern neighbor Montenegro.
Earlier on Saturday, Djokovic’s youthful brother Djordje and the Adria Tour director, launched a press release saying the occasion’s board had determined to scrap the Montenegro leg.
In search of different areas
Requested at a information convention after his defeat by Filip Krajinovic whether or not there was an alternate host nation capable of change Montenegro in a fortnight, Djokovic mentioned:
“We’re a number of different choices and areas which I do not wish to reveal at this level. We’re working out of time so we’ll know the place we stand both tomorrow or the day after.”
The second leg can be held in Croatia’s coastal resort of Zadar on June 20-21 and the ultimate one in Bosnia’s Banja Luka on July 3-4.
The event, organized by Djokovic whereas worldwide tennis stays suspended as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, has drawn some family names and adopted a extra streamlined format than the primary tour occasions.
Units have been slashed to the perfect of seven video games, with eight gamers competing in two swimming pools on a round-robin foundation.
Having overwhelmed Troicki in straight units, Djokovic misplaced 4-2, 2-4, 1-Four to Krajinovic.
Second seed and Austrian world quantity three Dominic Thiem beat Damir Dzumhur in minutes because the Bosnian retired within the opening set with a hamstring harm, however needed to save a match level in his 1-4, 4-1, 4-Three win over Dusan Lajovic.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov beat Lajovic in three units however was surprised 4-1, 4-Three by dwelling crowd favorite Nikola Milojevic – drafted in to exchange Dzumhur.
World quantity seven Alexander Zverev beat Krajinovic 0-4, 4-3, 4-Three and was taking part in Troicki in a late match beginning after midnight native time.
The third-round pool matches can be performed on Sunday afternoon adopted by a closing between the group winners.