Belinda Bencic Salutes Novak Djokovic for His Efforts to Help Players at Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/23/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in his men’s final match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day eight of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Swiss professional Belinda Bencic is one of the first and few to stand against the Australian Open 2021 organizers. Now, one week after being locked inside her hotel room, she has opened up on the entire fiasco, supporting Novak Djokovic.

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It all started when one of the flight passengers in Bencic’s plane tested positive in Australia. Thus, all players in that plane lost their benefit to train, gym, and eat outside of their hotel rooms.

According to the 23-year-old, the organizers had not informed them about such a rule. Moreover, Bencic was also disappointed with the preferential treatment of elite players in Adelaide. However, she has now clarified her position regarding the bubble.

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“Regarding the group that is in Adelaide, I can understand,” Belinda said“They are the best, those who do the most for our sport.”

While agreeing to their special treatment, the former No. 4 pointed out what’s actually wrong in this scenario.

“Craig Tiley has also defended this position that they have earned the right to be treated this way. It’s okay with me. But on condition that we stop proclaiming everywhere that we support equal treatment,” the Swiss player explained.

Belinda Bencic salutes Novak Djokovic for standing up for players

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland reacts during her match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada in the Women’s Singles Semi-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Moving ahead, World No. 11 also revealed the unfairness of room allocation in the official hotels. She has one more week to go in the same tiresome conditions.

“On the other hand, I find it more difficult to live with the fact that in official hotels, some have large rooms, others small. Me, I received a bicycle, others did not. All of this is not fair,” said Bencic.

Furthermore, the Swiss professional even congratulated the efforts of Serbian World No. 1, Novak Djokovic, to make their conditions better. The Serbian ace wrote an extensive letter of requests for players but then got rejected.

“I would like to salute the position taken by Novak Djokovic,” she added. “Even if he got knocked down, he is the only one of the privileged to have moved for us.”

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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)

After a bumpy start, the situation in Australia is starting to settle down. However, all these factors will play a major role in the results of the ‘Happy Slam’.

Belinda, who has had an up and down career with injuries, will aim to start on a strong note. And unable to train outside, she is keeping up with training inside.

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For Djokovic, the Australian surface has brought him 8 of his 17 Grand Slam titles. He will be more than happy to make that count nine. There is no doubt that the first Slam of the year will be a total blockbuster.

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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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