Hyderabad: World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic said that the constant criticism of him for conducting the ill-fated Adria Tour exhibition tournament was felt like witch-hunt, he said in an interview with a local newspaper.
The tournament, which was conducted to raise funds, saw four tennis players, including Djokovic, contract coronavirus. The player has apologised for flouting social distancing norms. However, players and officials across the globe hit out at him for conducting tournament in the times of crisis and not following safety precautions. Djokovic and his wife, also tested positive for the virus, recovered from it and tested negative recently.
“I see nothing but critics lately, many malicious. Obviously there is something more than criticism, as if there is an agenda, someone has to ‘fall’, a personality, a big name has to be the main culprit for everything,” he added. Speaking about his participation in the US Open, he said, “I still do not know if I will play the US Open. “I will certainly not play Washington or Cincinnati as planned. Participation at Roland Garros is certain for now, Madrid and Rome are part of my agenda,” he said.
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