Grigor Dimitrov, the 19th-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, announced Sunday on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19, setting off a chain of events that led to the cancellation of an exhibition tournament where he had competed as recently as Saturday.
Dimitrov’s announcement came about an hour before No. 1 Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play the so-called “Adria Tour” final against Andrey Rublev in Croatia. The match was called off, as Dimitrov had been in close contact with Djokovic and other players at the event.
Though Dimitrov played just one match, losing to Borna Coric on Saturday before flying back to his home in Monaco, he had been photographed at the event playing pickup basketball against Djokovic and hugging other notable players such as former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic and No. 7 Alexander Zverev.
“I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions,” Dimitrov wrote on Instagram. “I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering.”
Dimitrov, who had been in…