COVID-19 victims Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric could find themselves back on court shortly after testing positive for the virus at Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour of the Balkans last week.
Organisers of the Thiem7 event in Kitzbuehel next month have given the all-clear for the pair to participate in the EUR 300,000 exhibition July 7-11 in the Austrian ski town should they test negative for the contagious affliction after their current 14-day quarantine.
“If Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric can show a negative result after 14 days of quarantine at home, there is nothing on our part that prevents the two players from participating in Kitzbühel”, organisers said.
The pair were among a handful of players and coaches who apparently caught the virus during the ill thought-out Djokovic tournament this month which allowed in crowds with no social distancing.
The eight-man Thiem event in the No. 3s home nation will wait until the last minute for Dimitrov and Coric to come good after their health scares.
Thiem, who also played the Adria, has spread himself thin by also competing in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in France but has so far turned in several negative tests for the virus which has kept tennis on the sidelines since early March.
The Austrian tournament will feature one-metre social distancing and testing of players; up to 500 spectators per session will be permitted to buy tickets and must leave the site quickly afterwards..
“The isolation of suspected cases is also possible” and there will be “no line judge,” a statement read.
Others set to play include Rusian Andrej Rublev, Italy’s No. 8 Matteo Matteo Berrettini and Karen Khachanov.
Main photo Grigor Dimitrov with Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic on ill-fated Adria Tour