The Tennis Podcast: Just what was Novak Djokovic thinking?

Telegraph Sport
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his match against Croatia's Borna Coric  - Reuters
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his match against Croatia's Borna Coric - Reuters

For weeks, Top Ten players led by Novak Djokovic played tennis matches on the Adria Tour in front of jam-packed crowds, hugged each other after match point, and partied until the early hours in sweaty nightclubs.

All of this would have been fine, pre-Covid-19 pandemic.

In the latest edition of The Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts try to get their heads around those scenes, the positive Covid-19 results of Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and team members that followed, and the role Djokovic played in organising the events. 

What were they thinking? Why did they observe no social distancing or preventative measures? Why did Djokovic leave Croatia for Serbia without taking a test, and without comment? And what does it mean for the sport’s intentions to return?

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The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. Wimbledon Re-Lived, a series of daily podcasts looking back on great matches and stories of the past, launches on Monday.