'Untenable': Calls for Novak Djokovic's head as Player Council president

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
There are calls for Novak Djokovic to step down as ATP Player Council President after the Adria Tour debacle. (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic may have apologised after he tested positive for coronavirus, following his controversial tennis tournament, but for many it won’t save him from his position as ATP Player Council president.

Novak Djokovic has offered a grovelling apology after revealing he and wife Jelena are positive for coronavirus following the Adria Tour.

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The news has gripped the tennis world after the World No.1 became the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia.

But despite being savaged on social media for holding the tournament, many are now calling for him to resign as the head of the player council.

Australian sports commentator Peter FitzSimons claimed his role is “untenable” following the tournament.

"Untenable. Totally untenable," FitzSimons told Five Minutes with Fitzy.

"You cannot be the one representing the players, saying, 'We players have got to do the right thing', when you demonstrably have done absolutely the wrong thing.

"It's one thing to take a risk and triumph, but to take a risk and fall flat on your face - and the absolute truth of it is, to behave in a manner which has put lives at risk - there's no way around that.”

Many on Twitter also called for the 17-time Grand Slam champ to step down.

FitzSimons also took the opportunity to defend Nick Kyrgios, claiming the Aussie has copped some flak during his time, but was right to claim this deserves criticism.

"And Nick Kyrgios is quite right to have called him out on it and say, 'This is not the behaviour tennis players should be known for',” he added.

"Kyrgios' point, where he says, basically, 'I've taken a lot of flak for behaving badly over the years, I'll put my bad behaviour up against this bad behaviour any day of the week and tell me that mine even compares' ... there's no way around that."

Djokovic fourth player to get COVID-19

Viktor Troicki said on Tuesday that he and his pregnant wife have both been diagnosed with the virus, while Grigor Dimitrov, a three-time grand slam semifinalist from Bulgaria, said on Sunday that he tested positive.

Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said on Monday he had also tested positive.

There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country, while players were observed playing basketball and partying at nightclubs in their downtime.

Novak Djokovic poses for the photographer with Dusan Lajovic, Viktor Troicki, Grigor Dimitrov, Filip Krajinovic, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and his brother Djordje Djokovic at the end of the final match on June 14 of Summer Adria Tour, 2020. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)

“I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm,” Djokovic said.

“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions.

“We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons.

“We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.”