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Dominic Thiem's father defends Novak Djokovic role in the Adria Tour

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Dominic Thiem (li.) und Novak Djokovic (re.) bei der Adria Tour

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04/07/2020 at 12:03 | Updated 04/07/2020 at 12:18

Dominic Thiem's father defended Novak Djokovic for his involvement with the Adria Tour, and says blaming the Covid-19 outbreak from the tournament on the Serbian is "too cheap".

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Thiem took part in the Adria Tour where Djokovic, along with Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki, tested positive after playing in the event organised by the 17-time Grand Slam champion - Djokovic and his wife Jelena have since tested negative for Covid-19 on Friday.

Wolfgang Thiem, who is also the 26-year-old's father and coach, has lent his support to Djokovic.

"I do not approve of what happened on the Adria Tour, but condemning Djokovic and saying he screwed it up is too cheap for me,” Wolfgang told Austrian newspaper Die Presse.

"Of course the dance at the disco was not optimal, but Djokovic basically did nothing wrong. They just got a little sloppy, they were euphoric."

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Wolfgang confirmed his son will be donating his money from the event to charity and suggested the tournament was still a worthwhile occasion as the capital raised was for a good cause.

He added: "I prefer that there be a few more cases of coronavirus and be able to raise a few thousand euros for a childhood cancer clinic."

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