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Novak Djokovic Trolled for Demanding Easing of Quarantine Rules for 72 Australian Open Players

Novak Djokovic has a list of demands for 72 quarantined Australia Open 2021 players | Image credit: Reuters/Twitter

Novak Djokovic has a list of demands for 72 quarantined Australia Open 2021 players | Image credit: Reuters/Twitter

72 Australian Open players have been put in 14-day hard quarantine in Adelaide after at least four persons on the flights carrying players, coaches, tested positive for coronavirus.

World tennis No 1 Novak Djokovic has been facing flak for reportedly making a list of demands for 72 quarantined Australian Open players that seek easing of restriction on the players ahead of the upcoming tournament.

As per reports, the Serbian star wrote to Craig Tiley, the Australian Open tournament director, with a set of demands pertaining to restrictions put on the 72 Australian Open candidates quarantined in Adelaide.

The 14-day quarantine was put in place on all 72 players after one of the passengers in the third flight allowed into Melbourne tested positive for coronavirus.

The strict quarantine restrictions, which have confined the players into their hotel rooms, means that the players will not be able to undertake rigorous practice preceding the tournament.

Taking the issue up, Djokovic who is himself not one of the 72 Australian Open players, has demanded that the players be moved to houses or accommodations with tennis courts in them. He has also demanded that hard quarantine restrictions be eased for elite players who should be allowed to meet their coaches and trainers, given that each party had tested negative for Covid-19.

Apart from that Djokovic contended that players be served quality food following reports of the inferior menu being served up to players and also demanded training equipment for those in quarantine.

The 33-year-old player also suggested that trainers and players be allowed to quarantine on the same floor and that quarantine time should be reduced from 14 days for players who test negative for Covid-19.

Djokovic's demands are being met with ridicule online with many questioning his logic in demanding eased restrictions for players, despite at least four positive covid-19 cases.

According to a report by the news agency Associated Press, as many as four coronavirus cases have been detected from charter flights carrying the tennis players, coaches, and officials to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Health authorities confirmed there had been three positive tests for COVID-19 on Saturday, and another on Sunday. None of the cases have so far involved players.

As Djokovic's demands went viral, Australian politician and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews responded to the Serbian, stating that they would not be met.

"People are free to provide a list of demands. But the answer is no," Andrews was quoted by media as saying on Monday. "I know that there's been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules. Well, the rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else, and they were all briefed on that before they came."

Andrews also added that despite advice and commentary from players, the quarantine rules were drafted on the basis of advice from public health experts.

Djokovic is also being panned on social media for his demands. Senior journalist David Milner took to Twitter to marvel at Djokovic's "lack of self-awareness".

Earlier in June last year, Djokovic had been criticised after his exhibitory Adria tour for charity became a Covid-19 hotspot in Serbia.

This year, quarantine rules for the Australian Open players was changed

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