As a player, I think Novak did it with zero bad intentions: Marion Bartoli

As a player, I think Novak did it with zero bad intentions: Marion Bartoli

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It was all organised with pure heart and sincere intentions but the lax implementations of safety protocols and carelessness resulted in coronavirus outbreak amongst players.

Yes, here we are talking about the most controversial these days, the Adria tour, organised by the world No.1 Novak Djokovic, initiated for charity purpose.


Adria was organised across Balkans nations with it’s first leg in Belgrade. Disaster struck at the second leg in Zadar where Novak Djokovic himself along with 3 players and coaches got infected with coronavirus, leading to the cancellation of tournament.

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Since then Djokovic has been facing bevy of criticism, for organising tournaments midst of COVID-19 pandemic.


However, a few have have supported Djokovic and recently Marion Bartoli, French player came out in support of the Serbian.

Speaking on the match points Vodcast of tennis majors, the Frenchman said, “As a player, Novak did it with absolutely zero bad intentions whatsoever. For him to go back and play in Belgrade was something extremely special. I think he wanted to just celebrate tennis at a very difficult time for everybody.”

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“A few days before, 20,000 crowd was together for a football match and the Serbian government allowed it. It’s very easy to blame him afterwards to say that he should have been more cautious, but if nothing had happened, everyone would have said ‘well done’.”

He concluded, “I know what Lacoste think about him and he’s highly, highly rated in Lacoste. I don’t think that will affect him that much. We can’t blame him that much for what he did.”

All together, Bartoli is one of several French players like Gilles Simon and some more who have stood by the Serbian in these difficult times.


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