'It's our fault': Prime Minister takes blame for Novak Djokovic debacle

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic (pictured right) has defended Novak Djokovic (pictured left) and said the criticism should be directed at her for the ill-fated Adria Tour. (Getty Images)

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić has come out and defended the nation’s greatest ever tennis player, Novak Djokovic, after the ill-fated Adria Tour event.

The Adria Tour has been panned after Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for coronavirus.

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Djokovic has come under fire for hosting the tournament and now Alexander Zverev is in the spotlight after footage emerged of the German partying after his statement claimed he would quarantine following the event.

Following the fierce fallout, Serbian Prime Minister Brnabić has come out to defend the nation’s greatest ever tennis player and even shifted the blame on herself.

“Every part of him. He tried to do something good for the whole region,” she said in an interview with PinkTV.

“To put politics aside and help young and non-established tennis players, as well as to raise money for humanitarian purposes.

“If they could shift the blame on me personally, as prime minister, and leave Novak alone, I would love it,” she added.

The prime minister said the country shouldn’t have eased the safety measures ahead of the tournament.

"It's our fault, we eased the safety measures. If we had not, there would've been no tournament,” she added.

Zverev out partying after ill-fated tour

Zverev was lucky enough to escape contracting the virus, but assured fans he’d be self-isolating for 14 days as a precaution.

So it was particularly shocking to see him out and about at a packed bar just a week later.

As it turns out, French player Lucas Pouille was also in attendance.

While there’s no suggestion the World No.58 was doing anything wrong, US Open organisers might not be too happy to see him living it up during the pandemic.

The US Open is scheduled to go ahead from August 31, but there’s huge doubt about the participation of a number of big-name stars.