Viktor Troicki says he contracted COVID-19 in India, long before the Adriatic Tour of Novak Djokovic
Amid the coronavirus blowout at the Adriatic Tour of Novak Djokovic, a friend of World No. 1 and fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki had confirmed that he and his wife had tested COVID-19 positively during the Belgrade leg. Since then, both Djokovic and Troicki have completely recovered, but Troicki has now made some interesting comments about his first virus contact.
Troicki believes that he contracted coronavirus in India back in February-long before he tested positively on the Adria Tour of Novak Djokovic. Earlier in the year, Viktor Troicki visited India for the Maharashtra Open, held in Pune city.
The Serb came through through the qualifiers and then beat home favorite Sumit Nagal in the opening round of the main draw.
But Troicki started feeling under the weather after the match, and his condition deteriorated over the next two days. That led World No. 184 to withdraw against Japanese player Yuichi Sugita from its Round of 16 encounters.
Talking on the Serbian channel 'SportKlub' "Wish & Go" podcast, Troicki said that the visit to India was probably ahead of Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour when he contracted the dreaded virus.
Troicki said he had never before felt as sick as he did in Pune, and that all of the symptoms he displayed at the time were coronavirus characteristic. But the former World No. 12 was not checked as the virus was still relatively unknown at the time, and its spread was mostly confined to China and South Korea.
"In early February, I assume I contracted coronavirus in India," Troicki said. "I handed over the second round match. I never had that feeling in my life. I was in bed for seven days, I didn't eat anything, I was absolutely falling apart. At the time, the virus wasn't officially distributed in all the territories, but I had all the symptoms."
Troicki then further expanded on his distressing encounter, saying that following early withdrawal from the tournament he was unable to get out of his bed and fly back home. Despite of weakness Troicki had to stay in his hotel room for seven days, and could only fly after the finalists had flew home.
"It was truly nasty," said Troicki. "I was lying in bed, I was motionless. I handed over the second round match with Sugita on Tuesday. I had to go to the club (to formally declare withdrawal), but I didn't even know how to get there. I handed in and finished the tournament from Tuesday to Sunday, the finalists went to the airport and I was still lying in the hotel. I couldn't go anywhere, it was hard for me."
Troicki went on to add that the symptoms he experienced in India were far more severe than what he did he experienced at Novak Djokovic's event.