Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic said his demands on the organizers of the Australian Open grand slam tournament had not been properly understood by the public.
The leader of the world rankings sent a letter to the head of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, listing the players’ demands, for example, asking for a shorter time in isolation, the possibility of quarantining in private accommodation with access to the courts and better food.
After the publication of the letter, Djokovic became the target of harsh criticism.
“My good intentions for colleagues in Melbourne have been interpreted by many people as selfish. They think tennis players are ungrateful and demand the benefits themselves, but the opposite is true. I am convinced and I will say for all that we are grateful for the opportunity to be here.
I ask myself if I should enjoy privileges and not worry about the problems of others. I have worked hard for my current advantages and it is difficult for me to look at the current situation through the eyes of players whose voices are not heard by anyone.
That’s why I decided to use my position. I just wanted to help improve the situation with suggestions that I gathered from communication with other players, “Djokovic was quoted by the AFP agency.
For measures related to COVID-19, 72 tennis players are quarantined before the inaugural Grand Slam tournament of the year.
Players must be locked in a hotel room for two weeks, others have the opportunity to train under strict hygiene measures. The tournament in Melbourne will start on February 8.
Tennis players from all over the world who have to undergo quarantine have been asked not to feed the mice that may appear in their rooms. The fact that the players have “visits” in the form of rodents in their rooms, the Kazakh representative Julia Putincevová informed at the instagram.
She also published a video of a mouse moving in her hotel room. For this reason, this tennis player had to change rooms. She also complained that she could not sleep properly due to the presence of rodents and expressed frustration that she could not even open a window in her room on the basis of orders.
“We need to breathe fresh air,” wrote a 26-year-old Moscow native. The information was provided by the BBC Sport website.
Lisa Neville, a member of the Victoria government in Australia, did not have to wait long.
“I heard that the players even fed the mice. If necessary, we will repeat the control of pests, but the intervention we have already done should be enough, “revealed the minister responsible for the police.
She also added a recommendation that players minimize interaction with rodents and do not feed them in any way.
Neville also reported that a total of 10 people (including four tennis players, among others) had tested positive for COVID-19 among all the people who came to the country in connection with the Australian Open grand slam tournament.
Australian tennis chief Craig Tiley, meanwhile, said the state-imposed measures would not be relaxed in any way.
“I understand the players. It is a new experience for them. Probably no one expected him to be quarantined for two weeks. Adapting to this is difficult. I think most players tolerate it well and accept it. However, several players suffer, but we do our best to make them feel better, “said Tiley according to ABC News Breakfast.
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