MUMBAI: Novak Djokovic‘s intentions in organising the ill-fated Adria Tour have been good however the world primary may have utilized a bit extra common sense to how the exhibition event was run, former ATP gamers’ council head Vijay Amritraj has advised Reuters.
The Serbian has confronted fierce criticism after he, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki contracted COVID-19 following the charity event in Serbia and Croatia.
Indian Amritraj advised Reuters that whereas the world primary’s intentions have been “absolutely correct”, and that he had adopted native authorities protocols, he ought to have went the additional mile to make sure the well being and security of everybody concerned.
“In hindsight, yes, obviously he could have taken a lot more precautions before running the event,” the 66-year-old tv pundit advised Reuters by phone from Los Angeles.
“In spite of certain local government mandates, I think it is critical to follow some common sense.”
Djokovic has apologised and admitted it was in all probability “too soon” to run the event, which was performed in entrance of packed stands in Belgrade.
Amritraj, who reached a career-high rating of 18 and beat Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver and Jimmy Connors in his enjoying profession, thought the match would have been good for tennis as it might deliver the game again on tv.
“As days progressed, I realised that they were going to put about 1,000 people in a stadium and I really didn’t know how big the stadium was,” he added.
“And later on … after finding out that the event itself had pretty much a full house from the perspective of fans and none of this social distancing, masks, all of that were even in play, it became very much more of a concern.”
Djokovic additionally heads up the gamers council on the ATP Tour and Amritraj, who held the identical publish for 4 phrases from 1989, stated it got here with a “huge” duty.
“Same for Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal), whatever they say or do is going to have a great degree of influence over the sport worldwide and what people think,” he added.
Amritraj stated the Adria Tour debacle confirmed there must be no crowds if, as deliberate, the primary circuits restart in August after a spot of 5 months.
“The crowd usually makes a huge difference,” he stated.
“Unfortunately you’ll lose that factor of the match. It’ll be fairly simple to see a spectacular level and there will be no applause in the way in which.
“So that actually will have an effect on the gamers. But once more, it is one thing that we’ve to get used to, and it is higher than not having it in any respect.”