Novak Djokovic and his family have happily ignored Serbia’s COVID crisis, overseeing a raucous street party celebrating their boy’s tennis achievements.
Anti-vaxxer Djokovic, the ATP No. 1 whose Adria Tour of the Balkans last summer kicked off a virus spread among participating players, was at it again in the capital.
The 33-year-old was pleased to celebrate establishing a new record of 311 weeks on the top ATP ranking, pipping icon Roger Federer’s mark by a week.
Djokovic, a fan of spiritualism, healing powers, divine inspiration and cosmic energy, seemed unwilling to let a pandemic spoil the party.
Local media reported that social distancing got lost in the crowd of frenzied fans living it up in celebration of the national hero.
Led by the player and his pizza parlour-owning father plus other family members, the Djokovic gang presided over the festivities in a city still under partial lockdown.
“Today is a special day for myself, my family as well as Serbia,” he said. “Thank you for the success which is not only mine but of the whole nation.”
The weekend celebration looked to be in contrast to the “circuit-breaker” lockdown imposed on the capital, with only pharmacies, food stores and petrol stations allowed to be open.
Social distancing rules call for maximum gatherings of five people.
Djokovic is fresh off a tennis controversy after winning another Australian Open title last month.
He claimed a major muscle tear injury in the third round but somehow managed to shake off any discomfort to dramatically lift the trophy, leaving some critics to question the actual extent of his abdominal muscle problem.
Main photo:- Novak Djokovic with fans during ill-fated Adria Tour 2020.