Novak Djokovic hosting the ill-fated Adria Tour where several players who have tested COVID-19 positive, were seen talking, helping each other, playing basketball, and partying as they did in pre-COVID-19 days but Matic said they weren’t supposed to stick to any social distancing norms because Serbia had eased restrictions.

After his coach Goran Ivanisevic and players Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki returned positive tests on both legs in Serbia and Croatia, Djokovic was blamed for hosting the tennis tournament in the middle of a pandemic.

Matic told Sky Sports: “People have to understand that the situation was better in Serbia than here in England. The country allowed people to do whatever they wanted, the shopping centers, and the restaurants were all free. And they began living normal lives because our country was locked for three months. You were not able to move down the street, you couldn’t leave your home because it was different (than England).”

Although some unofficial tournaments were played in the stands without fans, such as the Battle of the Brits exhibition tournament in London, the Adriatic Tour drew a crowd of capacity in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

Matic added: “When they opened up they said, ‘you’re more than free to do whatever you want. Before this tournament, there was a game of 20,000 participants and no-one said anything about it. I just wanted to clarify that he didn’t consider the tournament his fault, he just tried to help players in tournaments. I didn’t see anything wrong with him.”

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