Jeremy Chardy has accused the Australian Open organisers of favouritism towards top players following the announcement some will be moved to Adelaide for quarantine.
Tennis Australia has struggled to accommodate all the players and their staff in Melbourne for the mandatory two-week quarantine this month.
Their solution has been to arrange an exhibition event involving the top players from both the WTA and ATP to Adelaide for an exhibition event to be held as Australian Open preparation.
That, though, has upset Chardy, as he believes it is a clear example of favouritism.
“This announcement for the top threes is a bit out of the blue, and it’s weird, to put it mildly,” Chardy told L’Equipe.
“They will even be able to benefit from a gym at the hotel and will be able to do their exercises which will not count towards the five-hour quota.
“Everyone can go out. They will almost be able to live normally.
“Already they have a lot of privileges. If they can do everything more than you, it will not be the same preparation.
“And that’s weird for a sport where we’re all supposed to be on the same footing. If I was No 4 in the world, I would be distraught!”
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem will all take part for the ATP, while Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep will take the women’s spots. Serena Williams has reportedly been invited to take the place of Ashleigh Barty.
Thiem’s manager, Herwig Straka, has admitted it is probably an advantage to quarantine in Adelaide.
“You have fewer problems with the seats, you have a little more freedom because there are fewer people there,” he told sport.orf.at.
“For training, it’s probably better in Adelaide because it’s less busy.”
Players who are official hitting partners will also be able to quarantine in Adelaide, which is sure to cause further discontent.
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