After the bitter controversy, mainly related to the case-quarantine and the unequal treatment in Melbourne and Adelaide, the world number one Novak Djokovic has chosen to write a long letter in an attempt to be clear. He said: "My good intentions towards others have been misrepresented.
My words have been interpreted as selfish, harsh or even ungrateful. And that couldn't be further from the truth. I genuinely care about other players, and I also understand a lot. well what moves the world, who gets more and why.
I have won my privileges with hard work and for this reason it is difficult for me to remain a simple observer, knowing when every help, gesture and words meant to me when I was little and did not matter. Therefore, I use my position of privilege to be of service as much as possible, where and when it is needed."
Djokovic obviously tried to make sense of the exchange of e-mails with Craig Tiley (CEO of Tennis Australia) on the requests later rejected by the Australian government. He added: "I had collected a series of ideas and suggestions that I had also and above all received from my colleagues.
There were absolutely no bad intentions. My goal was simply to help. I knew perfectly well that the chances of them being accepted were zero, just as I knew they would not comply with my request to quarantine me in Melbourne instead of Adelaide, just before the trip, due to the countless restrictions.
Since I couldn't be with the other players in Melbourne, I made sure to stay close to them in all other ways available. " We remind you that the season (after the very short break in Abu Dhabi, Antalya and Delray Beach) will begin with the Australian tour.
ATP Cup first, Australian Open later. Djokovic, who has collected seven wins at Melbourne Park, will obviously start with the number one plate on his shoulders. Few hours ago, the presence of two people infected with the Covid-19 virus was confirmed on the direct flight from Los Angeles, United States, to Melbourne, Australia.
This means that all players on the plane will now have to spend 14 days in solitary confinement in their hotel room, unable to carry out the training program. Unfortunately, the same thing also happened on another plane: it is the EY8004 direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, on which a positive person was found in Australia.
Also in this case, the 64 passengers (including 23 players, especially from the WTA Tour) will be subjected to the same treatment, having now to spend two weeks in quarantine without being able to move. Among the people on board, many tennis players who will take part in the first Major event of the year: Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Paula Badosa, Marta Kostyuk, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Belinda Bencic, Elena Rybakina, Ons Jabeur and Maria Sakkari, among many others.