Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic’s Extraordinary Demands for Players in Quarantine Rejected

Published 01/18/2021, 2:32 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in a training session during previews for the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


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). 

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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. 

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 on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic hands a list of proposals to Tennis Australia

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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.”

Victorian Premier disagrees with Novak Djokovic’s proposals

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.”

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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. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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