Novak Djokovic has followed Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in calling on citizens to stay at home and protect themselves in the ongoing global battle against the coronavirus.
Tennis is currently in a suspension period as it waits for the situation around the global pandemic to improve.
The outbreak has led to the cancellation of several tournaments, most notably events in Italy and Spain, who have been two of the most badly hit countries in Europe.
On Friday, Roger Federer responded to a Swiss health official’s invitation to speak out and said: “I believe helping each other is more important now than ever. Especially because we want to help the older generation.
“They’re the ones at highest risk and we need to help them by keeping a distance of two metres and not shake hands.
“It’s really important to take these rules seriously. Very very seriously.”
With Spain on lockdown, after the government declared a state of emergency, Nadal is forced to stay in his home in Mallorca.
And in a video message posted on social media, the 19-time Grand Slam champion hailed people who work in the healthcare system as ‘heroes’.
He said: “I wanted to send a message of thanks to all the doctors, nurses and all the health personnel who are all protecting us, and to the police forces, civil and national guard, the army, and all those who make us feel a little safer, who are in the first line of fire.
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“After all, they are those who are most at risk of catching [the virus] and they are our heroes. I want to express my admiration and thank you all.”
And now Djokovic has shared his thoughts and feelings as he posted a picture of himself with his family at home.
He wrote: “I am sending support and prayers. Please stay at home in quarantine and help frontline medical people to help all the people infected and in need.
“Let’s not burden them in these critical times more than they already are.
“It’s all about perspective. We live in a fast-paced modern life. Constantly on the go. We rarely get to stop and contemplate our lives. We become addicted to this idea that we always need to be somewhere else and do something productive.
“I am all about being productive and proactive but in harmony with peace and understanding of our true essence. We can’t be healthy if our world isn’t healthy. ‘This is the time for all of us to get together and unite. Let’s really try to spend quality time with our family at home, enjoy the little things in life.
“Let’s try to laugh, love and dedicate time to inner work. Pray, meditate, eat healthy, play music, sing, dance, read, write, workout, sleep well, train our brains to think good thoughts… This is a great opportunity to do that.”
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