Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, has been in the news lately, for matters not related to the tennis court. On the eve of the US Open 2020, he stepped down from the president’s post of the ATP Player Council and formed a separate body called the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).
Djokovic felt that there was an injustice done towards the lesser-known players and hence formed the PTPA. As we’re entering the new season, the Serbian hero has taken up another issue.
Players have reached Australia ahead of the Australian Open 2021. However, there are certain players who have been facing difficulties with regard to the quarantine protocols. Novak came to their aid and issued a list of proposals to Tennis Australia, to ease things out for these players. However, his demands have been rejected by the governing authorities.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews issued a statement that said, “The rules will not be changing because the public health advice is where those rules came from. People are free to provide lists of demands, but the answer is no. I know that there’s been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules.”
Andrews also maintained that players were well informed about the scenario they would be dealing with during their isolation period. Following that, he added, “Well, the rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else, and they were all briefed on that before they came, and that was the condition on which they came. There’s no special treatment here. Because the virus doesn’t treat you specially. So neither do we.”
The 8-Time Australian Open winner is currently in Adelaide for the exhibition event, ‘A Day at the Drive’. After this, he will be representing Serbia at the ATP Cup. He will then compete at the Australian Open 2021.