Novak Djokovic Reportedly Writes to Tennis Australia for Improving Player Condition at Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/17/2021, 9:22 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves during his Men’s Singles second round match against Tatsuma Ito of Japan on day three of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is currently in Adelaide in Australia. He will be playing at the exhibition event ‘A Day at the Drive’. The Serb along with other big names such as Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams will be involved in the one-day event before all of them head to Melbourne for the first major of the new season.

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As it’s well known, players are being in isolation due to the quarantine protocols. However, certain players are exempted from these rules. The players headlining the event in Adelaide will be excluded from the COVID-19 regulations. Upon hearing this latest development, Novak put forward a set of proposals before Tennis Australia. 

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)

The list includes:

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  1. Fitness and training material in all rooms.
  2. Decent food, according to the level of the tournament and from an elite athlete.
  3. Reduce the days of isolation for the 47 isolated players, carrying out more tests that confirm that all are negative. 
  4. Permission to visit your coach or physical trainer, as long as both have passed the PCR. 
  5. If the previous proposal has the green light, that both the player and his coach are on the same floor of the hotel. 
  6. Move, as much as possible, as many tennis players to private houses with a court to train. 

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Novak Djokovic Wants Voices of All Players to Be Heard

The 8-Time Australian Open winner stepped down from the president’s post of the ATP Player Council and established the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association). The reason cited for that move was the ‘voices of all players not being heard’. This current move by Novak supports the issue regarding the protocols at the Australian Open. 

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Prior to the Australian Open, Novak will be seen representing Serbia at the ATP Cup. In its inaugural edition last year, the Serb helped his nation lift the cup after beating Spain in the final. 

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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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