German Grand Slam legend Boris Becker has blasted the media over the way they have treated Novak Djokovic ahead of he Australian Open.
With over 70 players forced into a hard quarantine in Melbourne due to coronavirus concerns, meaning they are unable to train at all for two weeks, Djokovic tried to help opening a dialogue with Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley.
However, Djokovic’s suggestions for possible ways to improve conditions for players were reported in the media as ‘demands,’ which prompted a deluge of criticism for the world number one.
Becker, though, has offered his full backing to Djokovic, whom he says was completely justified in his actions.
“The points he wrote down were absolutely right and legitimate,” Becker told Eurosport Germany.
“You get the feeling Djokovic can do whatever he wants at the moment, he just gets a lot of criticism.
“In this case, really unjustified. He wanted to stand up for the players, just wanted to create fair conditions for everyone, but was sharply criticized, even by the prime minister of the country.
“I think it’s important for Australia and especially Melbourne that the players come to Melbourne.
“It’s good for the city and for the economy. The country and the city benefit and then you have to treat the players more fairly and respectfully.”
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