Argentine tennis player Guido Pella stood in defense of Novak Djokovic and he blames Rafael Nadal and Dominic Tim because not a word to speak (before him) about the bad quarantine conditions that the participants of the Australian Open are going through.
The first player in the world suffered great criticism in the previous days because he talked about the conditions, and Pella noticed the 'strange' silence of the second and third players on the ATP list. The top three are quarantined in Adelaide where they can train for five hours, while the Argentine and 71 other players are locked in hotel rooms in Melbourne.
Djokovic addressed the public on Wednesday, insisting that his intentions were not "selfish, difficult and ungrateful", but he felt obliged to use the hard-won privileges to give advice to the director of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley.
The government of the local federal state of Victoria has repeatedly rejected the possibility of easing the rules, and the decision turned out to be justified since one player tested positive almost a week after arriving in Melbourne.
"Those are two completely different realities. I saw pictures and Novak Djokovic's balcony, which is bigger than my room. But I consider the silence of Thiem and Nadal unknown. At least Novak showed good intentions," Pella said for the podcast "3Iguales" from Melbourne.
Pella criticized top players He joined other players criticizing the Tennis Association of Australia for favoring the three best tennis players, as well as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and Simona Halep. "It is clear that they are only interested in the best players," Pella added.
Thiem, one of the players that Pella called out, denied that the company in Adelaide received great help. "It's a privilege to be here in Adelaide. But it's not such a big advantage. We have the same training time as the guys in Melbourne, only there are fewer of us here."
"Compared to players who are not in strict quarantine in Melbourne, we have pretty similar conditions. The only really bad and unfortunate thing is that 72 players are in strict quarantine, "the Australian told the Guardian.
He seemed to distance himself from Djokovic's attempts to intervene, but said that "the Serbian tennis player has definitely been much criticized unnecessarily in the past." "He tried to help the other players in Melbourne, but here they did a great situation with the virus, which is almost non-existent, and Australia wants it to stay that way," Thiem added.