Zagreb: The final match of the Adria Tour tennis tournament in Croatia's coastal city of Zadar was cancelled after Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
The tournament was initiated by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in order to promote sportsmanship and also to raise funds for those in need. Top players such as Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Alexander Zverev and Donna Vekic had featured, using the tournament to warm up after a months-long absence of competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dimitrov faced Croatia's Coric on Saturday and lost the match, with local paper Jutarnjilist reported that he was not feeling well then. After returning to Monaco, Dimitrov announced on Instagram on Sunday afternoon that he had tested positive back in Monaco for COVID-19.
"I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy," he wrote on Instagram, posting a selfie of himself wearing a black mask.
While in Croatia, Dimitrov took part in the Kids' Day event on Thursday with local children. He also played a basketball match on Friday with a local team and other tennis players. Before the Croatian leg of the Adria Tour, Dimitrov had been in Serbia the previous weekend. It is unclear where and when he became infected with COVID-19.
On Sunday evening, the Zadar County Civil Protection Headquarters appealed to all citizens who had been in close contact with the Bulgarian tennis player for more than ten minutes to go into self-isolation for 14 days and seek medical advice.
Croatia has recorded a notable surge of COVID-19 infections since Thursday, after nearly a month with fewer than five new daily cases in the country. The new cases are mainly related to people from neighbouring countries, local health authorities said.