Novak Djokovic has reportedly written to Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, with a list of suggestions to try to help players currently forced into hard quarantine.
The arrival of players in Australia had been meticulously planned adhering to strict travel guidelines in order to limit any possibility of a COVID outbreak.
Flights were chartered, every passenger, whether player or coach, needed a negative COVID test before take-off and separate bubbles were kept on board.
However, over the last two days, four passengers on three different flights have tested positive for coronavirus on arrival in Australia, causing officials to put all passengers into a hard 14-day quarantine.
Up to 72 players are now self-isolating in their Melbourne hotel rooms with no access to training facilities, equipment or court practice time.
That has led to serious concerns from players who feel unable to prepare for the Australian Open and are worried about potential injuries when they are allowed to return to the court.
According to Punto de Break, world number one Novak Djokovic, who is in Adelaide for a pre-Slam showcase, has personally intervened to try and help the players with a letter to Craig Tiley.
Djokovic has reportedly requested:
- Good quality food in accordance with the level of the tournament and suitable for an elite athlete
- A reduction in the number of days required to be spent quarantining based upon more frequent tests to confirm players are clear of Covid
- Permission to meet with coaches and physios, with teams moved to the same floor in hotels.
- Move as many players as possible to private houses with a court
It is unknown as yet if Tiley has responded.
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