Following the news that Djokovic and his wife have contracted the virus, the remainder of the tournament was cancelled. "He tried to do something good for the whole region", Brnabic said in an interview with PinkTV. The world number one had tested positive for the virus 10 days ago after playing in an exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. He just wanted to help the players play competitions.
Earlier, Manchester United and Serbian footballer Nemanja Matic also launched a passionate defense of compatriot Djokovic.
Djokovic, through his Novak Djokovic Foundation, donated almost $50,000 to a hospital in the Serbian town of Novi Pazar, where there had been a spate of COVID-19 cases.
The couple had been self-isolating since returning to Belgrade from Zadar in Croatia, the town which hosted the second leg of Djokovic's ill-fated Adria Tour. "The country allowed everyone to do whatever they want, everything was open, the shopping centres and the restaurants", Matic told Sky Sports. "You were not allowed to walk on the street, you couldn't leave your home, so it was different (than England)".
Novak Djokovic has since apologised and confessed that it had probably been "too soon" to hold the Adria Tour which was played before jam packed stands in Belgrade (Pic: Yahoo, Twitter).
"Same for Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Rafael 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. "Before that tournament, there was a game with 20,000 people and nobody said anything about that. I don't see that he [did] something wrong".