World number three Dominic Thiem has said he doesn’t feel like he is receiving an advantage through being based at Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open.
Six players were selected to fly to Adelaide instead of Melbourne on entering Australia and will take part in a pre-Slam curtain raiser there before returning to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
Thiem is joined by Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal in the elite men’s group. While Naomi Osaka, Simona Helep and Serena Williams will play in the women’s showcase.
All players and their teams entering Australia for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year have been subject to a 14-day quarantine period.
However, speculation has risen about the difference in conditions between the Adelaide and Melbourne camps and whether the top players have received preferential treatment.
The media have reported extensively about the 72 players who were present on flights where a positive COVID test was found. They are currently undergoing hard quarantine with no access to any training facilities and practice courts.
However all other players based in Melbourne are still allowed a limited daily allowance of training time while quarantining and Thiem believes they are in the same situation.
“The quarantine regulations are exactly the same as in Melbourne, from which there will be no great advantage” Thiem said in a TV interview with Sport am Sonntag.
“Of course, it is perhaps a bit more pleasant in Adelaide when there are not 300 people there, but only about 20.
Talking about the positives of the Adelaide Exhibition event which takes place 29 January, Thiem said: “It raises money for the region, which is a good thing. It will also be the first exhibition in front of people again.”
Thiem will be without his main coach Nicolas Massu who tested positive for COVID before the journey to Australia.
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