A capacity crowd attended the Novak Tennis Center in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade [Marko Djurica/Reuters]

A charity tennis event organised by men’s top-ranked player Novak Djokovic that drew big crowds over the weekend has sparked criticism for its lack of safety precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of fans were seated closely inside the stadium and without face masks as top players were seen giving high fives and hugging on court in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

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With the professional tennis tour suspended until at least August because of the coronavirus pandemic, some big names, including men’s world number three Dominic Thiem, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, were in action for the first leg of the Adria Tour – a four-weekend regional

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