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Authorities in Melbourne have rejected Novak Djokovic`s demands to change the measures for the tennis players, who are under strict quarantine. The players in question are forbidden to leave their rooms even for training and cannot communicate personally with the people from their headquarters.
Yesterday, the Spanish website Punto de Break reported that Djokovic had sent a letter to the director of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, setting out several demands. These include better food for his colleagues, in-room training equipment and a reduction in the 14-day quarantine period through more regular Covid-19 testing.
Today, however, the Prime Minister of the state of Victoria Daniel Andrews categorically rejected the demands of the world No1. What`s more, Andrews told The West Australian that four more Covid-19 cases had been identified this morning among passengers on some of the charter flights that brought the tennis players and their staff to Melbourne.
Everyone has the right to make all sorts of demands, but the answer is no. I am aware that some of the players are constantly discussing the rules of the organizers. I would like to remind them that these rules also apply to them. They were all instructed on the measures to be taken before the tournament. They knew the conditions and yet they decided to come. Nobody gets special treatment here, Andrews commented.
Novak Djokovic, along with Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, is quarantined in Adelaide, where the six will take part in a demonstration tournament on January 29th.
Stephen Marshall, the prime minister of the state of South Australia, whose capital is Adelaide, believes that there is no need to make changes to the anti-epidemic measures in force there. We have received a lot of positive feedback from our players, but we must keep in mind that the group here is much smaller than the one in Melbourne, said Marshall.
Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave an interview to 2GB radio, denying rumors that the arriving tennis players had taken over the quotas of Australian citizens who want to return to their homeland because of the pandemic.
No one is prevented from returning from abroad because of the Australian Open, Morrison is adamant. The prime minister was also asked why the tennis tournament advised by partners of soccer live matches
was postponed by only three weeks, while at the same time the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix was rescheduled for November.
The requirements set by the management of Formula 1 were unacceptable for us and therefore we decided to postpone the race until the end of the year. At the Australian Open, things got a lot easier as the tennis federation was ready to accept the terms of the Melbourne authorities. It`s time for the participants to start following the rules, go through their quarantine and play tennis. They will be paid very well for that, Morrison said.
Victoria`s chief health inspector, Emma Kassar, revealed that the police presence in the tennis players` hotels had been increased due to provocative behavior on the part of some of them. She said some opened the doors of their rooms to talk to their neighbor or shout down the hall.
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