Novak Djokovic suggests players might not be willing to continue season

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Novak Djokovic suggests players might not be willing to continue season

17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic acknowledged that players do not want to quarantine at most of the tournaments and suggested that players might not be willing to continue the season if this doesn't get figured out.

Upon arriving to Melbourne, 72 players were placed in strict quarantine and they weren't able to leave their hotel room. A number of players publicly voiced their displeasure about not being able to train for 14 days, claiming it would affect their campaign at Melbourne Park.

As expected, a number of players struggled to deliver their best tennis at Melbourne Park and several players contracted injuries during the tournament.

Djokovic wants clarity

“Talking to a lot of players, majority of the players just don’t want to go ahead with the season if we are going to have to quarantine most of the tournaments.

So this is something that should be discussed, like as of now. I think council, I spoke to some of the council members, and they are saying they have extensive discussions about that with ATP management,'' Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors.

“I’m waiting for some answers. I want to understand how our continuation of the season post-Australia is going to look like, because this definitely is not good for players in terms of their well-being. I’m not pointing fingers at anybody.

It’s just I’m speaking what is going on, speaking the truth, am speaking the reality, and we have to talk about it”. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, was preparing in Adelaide for the Australian Open, while 72 players were quarantined in Melbourne.

Djokovic kicked off his season at the ATP Cup, where he failed to lead Serbia to back-to-back ATP Cup titles. Djokovic, a record eight-time Australian Open champion, suffered an injury in the third round at Melbourne Park but he has managed to make the semifinal at the tournament.