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‘Novak Djokovic clearly made mistakes, but…’ – Rafael Nadal defends rival amid Adria Tour criticism

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Rafael Nadal has said that it is ‘clear’ that Novak Djokovic made a mistake with the Adria Tour, but he has defended the world number one’s intentions.

Djokovic was the main organiser of the Adria Tour, a charity exhibition event which took place whilst the ATP Tour was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

However, it had to be abruptly cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak on the Tour, with Djokovic himself one of several players testing positive for the virus.

The Serb has since taken a slew of criticism for a lack of social distancing protocols on the Adria Tour, but rival Rafael Nadal has offered a partial defence of his rival.

“I think most players want the best for the world and for people,” Nadal said when asked about the Adria Tour.

“It is clear that a mistake has been made in setting up the Tour in Serbia and Croatia, but it is normal to make mistakes when you have to face an unprecedented situation.”


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