“Can’t Complain”: Novak Djokovic Opens Up on Quarantine Life in Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/24/2021, 8:15 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning set point during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)


The world is moving towards the edge of the seat as we reach closer to the Australian Open 2021. To smoothen this waiting period, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic disclosed his quarantine life in Adelaide.

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As the record 8-time winner of the Australian Open, the 33-year-old Serbian has a special connect down under. Although he claims that he has never had such a quarantine experience before, Novak has nothing more to ask.

“Well, it’s a unique experience,” Novak said. “I have never experienced something like this before but it’s great, I can’t complain.”

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Since Djokovic arrived in Adelaide, the streets outside his hotel room have become a spot of constant entertainment. And the 17-time Grand Slam champion doesn’t mind joining in their fun.

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From interaction with kids playing to watching Serbian dance, Novak has been a part of everything. Additionally, he even joined in a full-fledged dance show set outside his hotel room balcony.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning match point in his men’s semi-final match against Lucas Pouille of France during day 12 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Therefore, it leaves no doubt that the Serbian’s experience in quarantine has been one of its kind. But the country itself means a lot more to him.

“I am really pleased to be in Australia. I have had great welcoming here by people and had an amazing experience in Melbourne over the last 15 years. And also in Adelaide back in 2007.”

While the Serbian has won most of his major titles in Melbourne, he has memories there even outside of tennis. In a podcast, Novak revealed that he first took a car’s wheel in his hand somewhere outside Adelaide.

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Moving forward, the 6-time year-end World No. 1 will defend two titles in Melbourne Park this year. Firstly, he will lead Team Serbia in the ATP Cup 2021, then try for a hat-trick at the Australian Open.

Novak also has a great opportunity to break Roger Federer’s long withstanding record of most weeks spent as Number 1. Only the third member of the big three, Rafael Nadal, can stop Djokovic from breaking the record.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match daring day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

And even though it is improbable that Nadal stops him, the Serbian will not take any chances. He will play with his wit and aim to win his 18 Grand Slam. Novak definitely will have a group of fans chanting his name in a live match as well.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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