The No. 1 men’s tennis world Novak Djokovic has reportedly mailed a letter to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley as the shambolic arrival of overseas contestants continues.
A third plane arrived in Melbourne on Sunday evening with a positive COVID-19 test as players continued to complain about conditions in quarantine.
72 players are now reportedly facing a tough 14-day ban who cannot leave their hotel rooms.
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Spanish tennis website Punto de Break reports that Djokovic has asked Tiley to support the players who are being quarantined after initially believing they could leave their rooms for five hours a day to practice and treat themselves to let.
– Decent food for top athletes, followed by players targeting the meals on offer
– Reduce the days of isolation for players in tough isolation and do more tests to confirm they are negative
– Permission to visit your trainer or physical trainer as long as both have passed the tests
– Allow the player and his coach to be on the same floor of the hotel
– Move as many players as possible to private houses with tennis courts for easier training
Djokovic was the former president of the ATP Player Council but resigned to help set up the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association).
As the proposals started circulating, social media quickly reminded the world that Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 in June after organizing the Adria Tour, a series of tennis exhibitions in Serbia and Croatia.
Reports suggest that Novak Djokovic #ausopen boss Craig Tiley has made suggestions for players, especially those who are isolated. Points 3 to 6 have no chance. Absolutely none. And it’s fair to say that Djokovic’s opinion on Covid-19 protocols counts for Zilch. https://t.co/2ICl9HTuJY
Do you know who we shouldn’t listen to about Covid protocols for a tennis tournament? … Novak ‘Adria Tour’ Djokovic. https://t.co/3b8zCpzzOV
I hope Djokovic gets a real Australian reply to his letter … Yes, the last person in the world I would advise on COVID protocols https: // t .co / rljJFRDwCk
It comes a day after Austrian doubles player Philipp Oswald, one of the players in tough quarantine, called Djokovic and other players who ended up in Adelaide instead of Melbourne for an exhibition tournament.
Tennisnet.com reported on a Q&A in which Oswald called for the tournament’s double standards when it was announced on January 9th that a curtain was raised on Friday, January 29th in Adelaide for a tennis summer called A Day at the drive should take place.
These include players like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Djokovic as well as two other players.
« Conditions in Adelaide are much better, » the Q&A said with Oswald. « First, the players were allowed to take a lot more staff with them. Medvedev and Zverev, for example, were only allowed to take two people with them, while Thiem, Nadal and Djokovic each took ten people with them. »
« They also have a gym in their hotel. So you don’t have to do any exercise during the five hours. You only have five hours to play tennis. There was a big discussion and the other players were upset too.
« At that time Djokovic could understand that and wanted to be like the other players in Melbourne. A day later it was said that everything was already organized for him in Adelaide. This is not about apples and apples, it’s about apples and pears – and I have caught the sour lemon. »
Similarly, Italian tennis journalist Luca Fiorino reported that world No. 3 player Naomi Osaka deleted a photo that stinked players « who are not very concerned about the inequality of treatment for great players in Adelaide looking forward ».
A riot broke out. The players are not very happy with the inequality of treatment for big players in Adelaide. This photo of Naomi Osaka drove her crazy. pic.twitter.com/UX8yADxz4G
While there have now been three flights in Melbourne with players who have been forced into quarantine, the Australian Open Twitter page wrote on Saturday evening: « SA Health has confirmed that there is no one in the entire tennis cohort of anyone with an active COVID-19 -Adelaide has infection. Testing continues daily. »
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