Adelaide has given the green light to host at least fifty players and staff during the planned quarantine period prior to the Australian Open. Tennis Australia has closed a deal with the South Australian government, which has given the green light after negotiating with Craig Tiley.
"Initially for the South Australian government there would have been no advantages in hosting the players, as they would have gone to Melbourne after quarantine to play," explained the head of Tennis Australia. We therefore proposed to Prime Minister Steven Marshall to host an exhibition that on January 29 and 30 will see the best in the world on the pitch, specifically the top three of the ATP and WTA rankings.
At that point Marshall gave the go-ahead for the Adelaide bubble”. The natural consequence of what is being told is that Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem will have to spend the period of isolation in Adelaide; the same will be true for Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka, while Ashleigh Barty being already in the country will have no problems.
During a recent conversation on Tennis Channel, former World number 1 Andy Roddick pointed out how Novak Djokovic is not a single-surface specialist, before adding that the Serb's achievements at Wimbledon should be talked about more often.
Roddick praises Novak Djokovic
"We like to pigeonhole Rafael Nadal as the claycourt guy, Novak Djokovic as the hardcourt guy and Roger Federer as like the king of Wimbledon," Andy Roddick said. "(But) Novak Djokovic has actually won five titles at Wimbledon since 2011.
He has by far been the most dominant player of the decade at Wimbledon and it does not get talked about enough. Two of his biggest adversaries at Wimbledon during that time - Andy Murray and Roger Federer - might not be at full flight so I think Novak Djokovic is the obvious favorite there”.
Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier also assessed Novak Djokovic's chances in the upcoming season. When asked to pick the most likely Slam winner in 2021, the American went with the Serb triumphing for the ninth time at Melbourne Park.
"Novak winning Australian Open for the 9th time," Courier said. "These are the safest plays, its like the kids, we’re like kids playing bowling with the bumper guards. It is embarrassing but it is what they asked us so.
We are going with it. Novak has been so good for so long at the AO. You don’t want to bet against him there."