June 14, 2020 - The organizing committee of the regional sports event - the tennis tournament Adria Tour, decided on Saturday not to hold the tournament in Montenegro.
Adria Tour Director Djordje Djokovic spoke out about this situation.
"Weeks ago, we tried to find a way to organize everything and prepare a spectacle for all sports fans. There were more challenges, starting from the fact that the citizens of Serbia are not on the list of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro, meaning we cannot travel to Montenegro. We hoped that this measure would be changed, but it has not happened yet. It is an insurmountable obstacle because we have a large number of team members, and without them, we cannot implement all the technical details correctly. Our idea was to play on slag that would be imported and placed in an attractive location in one of the coastal cities, purely for that occasion. We also planned to bring and install all the accompanying details - stands, constructions, and other elements, all because of the strict standards we follow.
In addition to all that, it was necessary to organize the arrival of judges, line judges, accompanying staff, and numerous experts. Also, you should know that there are many other details related to the organization of such an event, which we do not have available in Montenegro. That makes it challenging to organize the "Adria Tour" at the expected level. That is not possible currently, so we decided to cancel the tournament in Montenegro because we no longer have time to wait.
We are convinced that the circumstances will change and that at some point in the future, Montenegro will be our host. We ask all actors to refrain from politicizing this decision. It harms not only sports but also our idea to promote ethical values, fair play, humanitarian work, and unity in the entire region, "said Djordje Djokovic, Director of Adria Tour.