The season's first Major starts on February 8 in Melbourne, with many issues surrounding the early quarantine days. No less than 72 players from three flights are now in two-week isolation following the positive coronavirus cases, including Bianca Andreescu, Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari, Victoria Azarenka, Kei Nishikori, Sloane Stephens and others.
Many players have informed their fans about food issues, lack of fitness equipment in their rooms and wifi troubles, turning the first days of quarantine into a complete disaster. Unlike their Melbourne colleagues, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep are safe in Adelaide.
The top stars are spending their quarantine in entirely different conditions from Melbourne, training without any difficulties. World no. 1 Novak Djokovic sent a letter to the Australian Open boss Craig Tiley on Sunday, asking for similar conditions in both quarantine towns and demanding fitness and training materials in every room in Melbourne.
Novak also requested more relaxed rules considering those players who can't go out and train. Instead of that, everything will remain the same, as the Premier of Victoria Dan Andrews confirmed on Monday. Nicki Kyrgios has taken the entire pandemic situation very seriously, refusing to compete in the previous 11 months and staying at home in Australia without traveling.
The Aussie didn't miss a chance to strike at Novak once again, calling him 'a a tool' and continuing where he left the last summer when he blasted world no. 1 for the Adria Tour. After Novak, Nick turned his attention to Bernard Tomic and his girlfriend Vanessa Sierra, who shared a video with many quarantine complaints.
Nick Kyrgios strikes at Novak Djokovic again.
"Djokovic is a tool. Also, I don't mind Bernie, but his Mrs has no perspective, ridiculous scenes," Nick Kyrgios said. "People are free to provide a list of demands, but the answer is no.
That was clearly laid out beforehand. So, the idea that there's been any change and that people weren't briefed, I think that argument has no integrity whatsoever. I know that there's been a bit of chatter from many players about the rules.
Well, the restrictions apply to them as they apply to everybody else, and they were all briefed on that before they came. That was the condition on which they came. There's no special treatment here, and people were told what the rules were.
The tennis arrangements are based on public health advice. The advice was, 'it's not easy, it has to be done properly.' Despite commentary from players about what they'd like to do, it's about what needs to be done," Premier of Victoria Dan Andrews said.