Djokovic defends proposal to soften quarantine restrictions

Published on January 21, 2021 by

World number one tennis champion Novak Djokovic has defended his proposal to soften Australian Open players quarantine restrictions, saying he wasn’t being selfish, difficult and ungrateful.

Mr Djokovic sent a list of six demands to Tennis Australia on behalf of over 70 Australian Open competitors who have been forced into a hard quarantine.

The list requested better access to fitness and training in all rooms, better quality food, reduced isolation time, permission to visit coaches and moving players to private houses.

Responding to backlash over his message, Mr Djokovic said his requests were motivated by a desire to help other Australian Open competitors.

“My good intentions for my fellow competitors in Melbourne have been misconstrued as being selfish, difficult and ungrateful,” he said.

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