The Covid-19 virus hit close to home in tennis as Grigor Dimitrov announced on Sunday that he had tested positive.
The Bulgarian who played last weekend in Belgrade as part of Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour is the first major ATP player to come down with the illness during the worldwide pandemic.
The 29-year-old ranked 19th posted on social media: “Hi everyone. I wanted to let my fans and friends back in Monaco that I have tested positive for the coronavirus.”
He advised “anyone in close contact” to get tested. “I’m so sorry for the trouble I caused.”
Dimitrov has competed over the last two weekends at the Adria exhibition, losing both of his matches including on Saturday in Zadar, Croatia to Borna Coric.
He was in contact a week ago in Belgrade with a trio of Top 10 players including world No. 1 Djokovic, No. 3 Dominic Thiem and seventh-ranked Alexander Zverev.
The Belgrade weekend drew attention, with no social distancing after the Serbian government gave the all clear after a minimal number of virus cases in the Balkan country.
As a result of the surprise announcement, Sunday’s second leg final between Djokovic and Russian Andrey Rublev was called off.
“We have just been informed that Grigor Dimitrov has tested positive for coronavirus and we will have to call off the final of the tournament in Zadar,” event director Goran Ivanisevic, a coach for Djokovic, told the crowd at the Croatian seaside city.