Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley revealed that Novak Djokovic's list of demands was a leaked WhatsApp message that the Serb sent to him. After 72 players were placed in hard quarantine prior to the Australian Open, Djokovic wanted to help fellow players.
After Djokovic's message to Tiley went public, the world No. 1 started receiving lots of criticism. State of Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said people were free to deliver their list of demands but underlined that ''no'' would be answer for everyone.
“Behind the scenes, he sent me a WhatsApp message when they were in Adelaide doing their quarantine program,” Tiley explained on 3AW Sportsday, as revealed on Tennisbuzz. “He had a bunch of suggestions to try and help the 72 athletes who were in the isolated quarantine here – half of which weren’t practical and wouldn’t be allowed and the other half which were possible.
“Then it turned out someone on his own team or someone in the ATP leaked that and then it looked like he sent a list of demands which was probably an unfair criticism of him because we were having an open dialogue”.
Tiley has a good relationship with Djokovic
Djokovic, who now has 18 Grand Slam titles in his collection, handed a straight-set defeat to world No. 3 Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to lift a record ninth title at Melbourne Park.
“Behind the scenes my conversations with him have always been very good,” Tiley added. “I must admit this year I found him the best he’s ever been even though it was a stressful time and he was taking a lot of knocks from people.
“I think in many ways he just tries to help others and sometimes just doesn’t land on the timing of when to do that. At the end of the day he’s a remarkable athlete”.