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Djokovic and wife Jelena test negative for COVID-19
Belgrade:Tennis World No.1 Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have both tested negative for coronavirus, the player’s media team said on Thursday. Djokovic was the fourth player to test positive after participating in his Adria Tour which ended up producing a cluster of coronavirus cases.”Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade,” said the statement.The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago.Djokovic has been under fire in recent days due to the lack of social distancing norms followed during the Adria Tour. He has however found support from Serbian athletes and even the Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.”Every part of him. He tried to do something good for the whole region,” Brnabic said in an interview with PinkTV.”To put politics aside and help young and non-established tennis players, as well as to raise money for humanitarian purposes.”If they could shift the blame on me personally, as Prime Minister, and leave Novak alone, I would love it,” she added. (IANS)

Casillas bids goodbye to FC Porto
Madrid: Spain’s World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas has brought an end to his five-year stint with Portuguese club Porto. His contract with the club ended on Wednesday.On July 11, 2015, Casillas had signed with Portuguese Primeira Liga side Porto on a two-year deal with the option of a one-year extension.He had suffered a heart attack during a training session last year and had not played any competitive football since April, 2019.FC Porto released a video on their Twitter handle titled “Iker Casillas: Forever one of us” in tribute to the goalkeeper, who made 156 competitive appearances for the club.The 39-year-old had led Spain to their first World Cup win in 2010 when they defeated Netherlands 1-0 and also helped the country win the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.With 167 international caps, Casillas has the second-most appearances for the Spanish national team, making him the joint tenth-most capped footballer of all time.Casillas is widely regarded by many to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. (IANS)

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