The images of players hugging each other on the net, playing basketball together and attending parties on the Adria Tour for the charity of Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia they were “disappointing” and tennis must learn the lesson, said the outgoing Wimbledon boss, Richard Lewis.
Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki They contracted the new coronavirus after playing on the Adria Tour, which drew large crowds and watched players compete and pose without measure.
Lewis, who will resign as CEO of the All England Lawn Tennis Club in July, he told the British media that he expected everyone to recover quickly, but that the mistakes of the event should not be repeated.
”The images were disappointing and I think what should emerge is that everyone involved, not just the players, but also the administrators, the organizers, the teams, understands that the protocols, rules and regulations are in force for a reason. It is a really important lesson to learn. ”
The pandemic forced the suspension of the professional season in early March and then the 2020 Wimbledon championships were canceled.
He United States Open It is the next Grand Slam on the calendar and the organizers plan strict measures to keep the participants safe. Some of the best players, including Djokovic, initially called those measures “extreme.”
With the Serbian world number one at the forefront of the men’s players council, Lewis urged athletes to play a more important leadership role.
“I hope from the point of view of the organizers, let’s say the United States Open and Roland Garrosbut also the other international tournaments, that the protocols are easier to apply and observe than they could have been, “said Lewis.
“I sincerely hope that when international tennis tournaments resume, the sport will be more disciplined and follow the protocols in force in any tournament being organized at the time.”