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story.lead_photo.caption Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 25, 2020. Djokovic is planning to set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. No professional tennis tournaments have been played since March. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Novak Djokovic's charity tennis exhibition series, combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia and Croatia, has been followed by an increase in the number of positive cases among professional athletes.

Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in the world and five players at Serbia's biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced.

Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world who previously said he was against taking a vaccine for the virus even if it became mandatory to travel, will now be tested as well, his media team said Monday.

"He is fine, he has no symptoms but nonetheless, he needs to do the test and then we will see what's going on," they said in a statement.

Djokovic was the face behind the Adria Tour, a series of exhibition events that started in Belgrade and moved to Zadar, Croatia, this weekend.

Grigor Dimitrov, a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist from Bulgaria, said Sunday he tested positive for the virus. Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said Monday he has also tested positive for the virus.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was among the spectators at the beach resort and will also be tested.

"I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused," said Coric, who urged anyone who had contact with him to be tested.

That could be a lot of people. Coric, Djokovic and other players, including Marin Cilic, played basketball with a local team last week and posed together for photos.

Djokovic was supposed to play in the series final on Sunday, but that event was canceled.

Djokovic and Dimitrov also played in the Adria Tour's opening exhibition a week earlier in Belgrade. Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who both played in the Serbian capital, said they would self-isolate despite negative tests.

"I deeply apologize to anyone that I have potentially put at risk by playing this tour," Zverev wrote on Twitter.

The ATP Tour said in a statement it wished for a complete recovery for the players "and members of their staff who tested positive," adding it has urged strict adherence to social distancing, and health and safety guidelines.

In a separate incident, Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade said five of its players had tested positive for the virus.

The Serbian champions said Marko Gobeljic, Njegos Petrovic, Dusan Jovancic, Marko Konatar and Branko Jovicic are feeling fine and remain in isolation.

Four of the players have displayed symptoms of covid-19 while one has shown no symptoms, Red Star said.

The five players did not attend the team's last match on Saturday but were there when Red Star played Partizan Belgrade in the Serbian Cup semifinals this month in front of about 20,000 fans. There was no social distancing and few wore face masks.

There also has been an increase in virus cases among soccer players in other countries, notably Russia.

The virus outbreak at the tennis event in Zadar could hurt Croatia's attempts to restart its lucrative tourist trade, which draws in visitors from around Europe but has slowed sharply during the pandemic. Tourism supplied a quarter of the Croatian government's revenue last year.

Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said authorities have taken steps to protect the vulnerable groups in Zadar by stopping nursing home and hospital visits. He added that Croatia "currently has one of the most favorable situations in Europe" despite a spike in new cases that followed easing of lockdown measures. Croatia is scheduled to host a general election July 5.

Neighboring Serbia held elections Sunday. They were preceded by a loosening of lockdown measures. It also made it possible for Djokovic to hold his first Adria Tour event in Serbia last week, and for Red Star to hold soccer games with packed, raucous crowds.

Djokovic's decision to fly home to Serbia before being tested has also attracted scrutiny. Most other players at the Adria Tour stayed in Croatia for testing after Dimitrov's positive test was announced and Sunday's final between Djokovic and Andrey Rublev was called off.

In this photo taken on Sunday, June 14, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, centre, poses with volunteers and players after the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia has led to a spike in the number the positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in the world and five players at Serbia’s biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 14, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, centre, poses with volunteers and players after the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia has led to a spike in the number the positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in the world and five players at Serbia’s biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Spectators watch a tennis match during an exhibition tournament in Zadar, Croatia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and his announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on Sunday. (AP Photo/Zvonko Kucelin)
Spectators watch a tennis match during an exhibition tournament in Zadar, Croatia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and his announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on Sunday. (AP Photo/Zvonko Kucelin)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball during an exhibition tournament in Zadar, Croatia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and his announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on Sunday. (AP Photo/Zvonko Kucelin)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball during an exhibition tournament in Zadar, Croatia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and his announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on Sunday. (AP Photo/Zvonko Kucelin)
In this photo taken on Friday, June 12, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov attend a press conference prior a a charity tournament Adria Tour, in Belgrade, Serbia. Dimitrov has tested positive for COVID-19, it is announced Monday June 22, 2020, leading to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was due to play in the final. Organizers said Sunday the exhibition has now been canceled. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Friday, June 12, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov attend a press conference prior a a charity tournament Adria Tour, in Belgrade, Serbia. Dimitrov has tested positive for COVID-19, it is announced Monday June 22, 2020, leading to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was due to play in the final. Organizers said Sunday the exhibition has now been canceled. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Thursday June 18, 2020, Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, rear, plays basketball with Serbia's Novak Djokovic in Zadar, Croatia. Dimitrovsays he has tested positive for COVID-19 and his announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on Sunday, June 21. (AP Photo/Zvonko Kucelin)
In this photo taken on Thursday June 18, 2020, Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, rear, plays basketball with Serbia's Novak Djokovic in Zadar, Croatia. Dimitrovsays he has tested positive for COVID-19 and his announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on Sunday, June 21. (AP Photo/Zvonko Kucelin)
Fans watch a tennis match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Germany's Alexander Zverev, of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Fans watch a tennis match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Germany's Alexander Zverev, of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, speaks with his wife Jelena during a final match of the Adria Tour charity tournament, between Austria's Dominic Thiem and Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, speaks with his wife Jelena during a final match of the Adria Tour charity tournament, between Austria's Dominic Thiem and Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during the match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during the match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, of the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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