Craig Tiley has leapt to the defence of Novak Djokovic, insisting he made absolutely no demands regarding players experiencing a hard quarantine in Melbourne.
The world number one has come under intense criticism for sending a letter to Tennis Australia Chief Tiley requesting better conditions for the 70+ players unable to train after coming into close contact with someone who returned a positive coronavirus test.
Those requests were quickly dismissed by the Victoria government, but the criticism of Djokovic for allegedly making ‘demands’ have remained intense.
Tiley, though, has confirmed that there has been a large degree of misreporting surrounding the matter.
“In the case of Novak, he wrote a note, these weren’t demands, they were suggestions, but he is understanding what two weeks of lockdown means,” he told 9 News.
“I think the reports we’re seeing and things we are seeing doesn’t represent the entire playing group. For the most part, they have been really good.”
Tiley also addressed one of Djokovic’s key concerns, specifically that players unable to practice will be disadvantaged against those who were.
“Yes, it’s not an even playing field as far as preparation goes,” Tiley admitted, “but we’re going to play our part to try to even it up as much as possible.
“The vast majority, most of them have been fantastic and been supportive.
“(They) know that this is the contribution that they have to make in order to get the privilege of when they do come out to compete for A$80 million ($61.46 million) in prize money.”
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