Novak Djokovic Reveals the First Thing He’ll Do After Quarantine at Australian Open 2021

Published 01/25/2021, 7:00 AM EST
KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks on Crandon Park beach after his three set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the mens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


More than a week has passed since tennis players went in quarantine at the Australian Open 2021 bubble, and they’re probably feeling on edge sitting in their hotel rooms. Recently, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic revealed what he would do first after the quarantine ends.

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Presently, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is in Adelaide, in an exclusive bubble for the Top 3 players. Compared to players in the Melbourne bubble, the facilities are an advantage for them.

However, spending most of the day locked inside a room is not an easy task. Accordingly, when an interviewer asked Novak Djokovic whether he wanted anything, he responded, “Yes, freedom.”

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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)

Being professional athletes, tennis players are used to extensive training and the outside heat. But in quarantine, they are allowed only a 5-hour session outside their rooms.

So it is only natural that they are eager to break free from the four walls. Moreover, the Serbian ace has already fixed his eyes on something he will do as the quarantine ends.

“The first thing I am gonna do on Friday morning, I am just gonna run straight to this park. I am just gonna spend an hour there, that’s what I am gonna do,” Djokovic said.

On the other side, the 8-time Australian Open champion is also enjoying his quarantine time. From locals to fans from his country, people are visiting him outside his hotel room.

But the balcony is as far as he can go, and so he misses being out there in the open. “I miss it; I miss being free, being able to walk around,” the Serbian said. “And I haven’t been to Adelaide in many years, so if I get a chance, I’ll probably go around.”

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Last year, the 33-year-old Serbian began his season with two big titles, the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. And considering his record in Australia, given that he also won there in 2019, he will want to repeat history.

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Also, to get closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the Australian Open 2021 will play a significant role for Djokovic. He is also nearing breaking Federer’s record 310 weeks as Number 1.

All in all, the Serbian ace will need to be at the top of his game right from the beginning. Let’s see how much the quarantine affects his results.

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