With the players undergoing a two-week quarantine ahead of the 2021 Australian Open, there has already been a host of complaints raised by them over the living conditions. Some athletes are under a permanent lockdown because their fellow passengers tested COVID-19 positive upon arrival.
Against the backdrop of this chaos, UFC champion Conor McGregor offered a reality check to the Australian Open participants and advised them to understand the unprecedented circumstances due to the pandemic.
McGregor believes that with people unable to go to work and schools closed, the tennis players should embrace the fact they get to compete at such a prestigious Grand Slam event.
“We have got to correct ourselves here, you know. There is a lot going on. There is a lot at risk. It is everyone’s duty here on this Earth to do what they can. To get to compete in such a prestigious tennis tournament or any tournament, a two-week lockdown prior they should welcome that with open arms,” said McGregor, during an interview.
The Irish fighter urged the players to get their act together and stop whining about the strict quarantine protocols. Over the last few days, many participants have complained about the poor quality of food while some compared quarantining in a spacious hotel room to being in jail.
“I would urge the tennis players to get their act together and also embrace it and relish it and be happy they get to compete,” remarked McGregor.
Recently, World No.1 Novak Djokovic wrote a letter to the CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, with a list of suggestions to ease the players’ suffering. Djokovic wanted the governing body to shift as many players to private houses with tennis courts and reduce the isolation period.
However, Djokovic’s letter received huge criticism from Nick Kyrgios and former Davis Cup player Sam Groth.