WATCH: Serbian Fan Seizes Special Moment With Novak Djokovic During Australian Open 2021 Quarantine

Published 01/16/2021, 9:37 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a training session at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)


World No.1 Novak Djokovic has arrived in Australia. The Serbian is currently quarantining ahead of the Australian Open 2021. He will now be confined to his room for 14 days, yet a fan was able to have a small socially distanced talk with the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

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Djokovic is in Adelaide and has to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel room. Yet a Serbian fan appeared outside the hotel premises, wanting to get a glimpse of the player.

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Tennis fan's lucky socially-distanced encounter with Novak Djokovic in North Adelaide

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has delighted a superfan who was shooed away by police with a friendly chat from his hotel room balcony as Dominic Thiem keeps active in his isolated quarters.The whole cohort of tennis stars have returned negative COVID-19 tests as preparations for the Australian Open in Melbourne have been struck by positive cases.The latest in 7NEWS at 6pm.www.7NEWS.com.au#7NEWS

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Instead, the fan found Djokovic on the balcony and had a small socially distanced conversation before the police officers shooed him away.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are quarantining in Adelaide, North Australia

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, among others, find themselves in Adelaide. Most of the top stars are in North Australia for quarantine. But ahead of the Aussie Open 2021, there are some hurdles. As a flurry of players arrived in Australia through chartered flights, some passengers were found to be carrying the COVID-19 virus.

The chartered flights to Australia carried players as well, but in an official statement from the Australian Open, the positive tests don’t involve any player. But players like Victoria Azarenka and Kei Nishikori are in trouble as a new directive from the organizers states that they won’t be allowed to leave their rooms and their practice sessions will be denied.

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This directive has caused an uproar. Players were earlier allowed to practice for five hours under strict supervision, but now, because of one COVID-19 positive tests, some players might not get the chance to practice.

Further, Fabio Fognini, Benoit Paire, and some other players have complained about the food they were served while under quarantine in Australia. So there are several issues that have begun before the Grand Slam’s start.

The organizers will have to get things in order. Earlier the Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley, had clearly stated that no player will be confined inside their rooms during the quarantine and they will be allowed to practice. So let’s see how it all unfolds.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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