There is now less than a month to go until the 2021 Australian Open, a competition that will begin on June 8th. Due to the various restrictions and quarantine that every tennis player will have to face, however, in a few days all tennis players will leave for the oceanic continent to train (first week in two people and second week in four people) strictly respecting the protocol.
A situation that occurred in recent days and announced by Craig Tiley was not particularly liked by tennis players and consequently also by one of the founders of the PTPA, that is the number one in the world Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian tennis player, as well as some of the tennis players who will go to Australia, are not happy with the disparity in treatment between the stars of the male and female circuit and the other tennis players: in fact the Top 3 of the male seeding and the top female tennis players will suffer the quarantine in Adelaide compared to all the other tennis players who will instead carry out the mandatory quarantine in Melbourne where they certainly will not have the same luxuries and will probably get a different treatment.
In an interview with Kevin Palmer, Todd Martin suggested that Novak Djokovic's peak level is higher than that of any other player in history - including Roger Federer.
Todd Martin praises Novak Djokovic
Todd Martin, who coached Novak Djokovic between 2009 and 2010, noted that the Serb's athleticism and return of serve are so much better than everyone else's that any comparison is futile.
"“His athleticism is from another world. His return of serve is way better than any other return of serve ever and I mean way better. Nobody has gotten so many balls back and neutralized so many good serves."
Martin also added that Novak Djokovic's mental toughness sets him apart from the rest of the tour. Even when he does not bring his A-game to the court, Djokovic's fighting spirit sees him through. "“Having worked with him, when he is focused he has that 'I’m going through a brick wall' mentality.
Now he is not always focused, but when he is and we have seen this for long stretches, he doesn’t have to play great. He is that much of a fighter and thrives on it”. Tennis’ top stars will quarantine in Adelaide rather than Melbourne and play an exhibition there ahead of the Australian Open, with the city also hosting a WTA event after the years’ first Grand Slam, organisers said Saturday.
Some 1,270 players and support staff are due to arrive in Melbourne on charter flights late next week, where they will have to spend a mandatory 14 days in quarantine. But with hotel rooms in the city scarce, Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said he had approached the South Australian government about taking some of them.
‘It would be a benefit if they played an exhibition tournament just before they came to Melbourne, so the premier (Steven Marshall) has agreed to host 50 people in a quarantine bubble and then have those players play an exhibition,’ Tiley told Tennis Channel.