During one of his latest press conferences, Tiley answered the question about the preferential treatment reserved for tennis players in Adelaide with an analysis perhaps correct in substance but questionable in form: “I have the feeling that this is perceived as preferential treatment.
But they are still the best players in the world. My opinion is that if you are at the top of the rankings, if you are a Grand Slam champion, you will get a better deal. This makes sense to me and is far from shocking."
A sentence that throws further fuel on the fire especially after the annoyed reactions of many tennis players who have considered this different treatment particularly unfair, especially when compared to the poor conditions they are forced to in Melbourne hotels.
Recall that the decision to hijack the exhibition in another city was dictated by the inability of Melbourne to host more than a certain number of people in preventive quarantine, which is why the director Tiley had to move to find a ' other location.
Haters against the top players?
Many top players have naively fallen out in the past few days, infuriating many other tennis players, fans and people in Australia, especially the state of Victoria. Like Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty, photographed while they were around without a mask, thus violating health and safety regulations.
The later removed video of Naomi Osaka while she trained with her entire team was also the subject of controversy. Guido Pella also publicly attacked Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem for their "disturbing silences"
Adelaide's performance starring Serena Williams, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Jannik Sinner, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and of course Ashleigh Barty risks becoming a boomerang for both the tournament organizers and the tennis players themselves, such as mesis in showcase, through a veil of criticism and controversy.
Wasn't it better to give other tennis players the opportunity to perform in order to calm at least some of the too many (and often useless) controversies surrounding the tournament?