‘It’s apples and pears’ – Player explains Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Adelaide advantage

Accusations of Australian Open favouritism towards top players Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem have once again surfaced, this time from a player. 

Doubles ace Phillip Oswald, who is one of the dozens of players forced to isolate in Melbourne hotels, says conditions in Adelaide where the ATP’s top trio are staying are ‘much better.’

The Australian Open have been struggling to cope with a developing crisis due to positive Covid tests from specially chartered flights carrying players to the country.

Originally, those players were given an exemption from the mandatory 14-day quarantine period to be allowed to train for five hours a day, but that has now been revoked for those affected.

However, Oswald says that even before the most recent developments, players put into a separate bubble in Adelaide where they can prepare for a warm-up event were handed an unfair advantage from the start.

“Conditions are much better in Adelaide,” Oswald told Tennisnet. “First, players were allowed to take a lot more staff with them.

“Medvedev and Zverev, for example, were only allowed to take two people with them, while Thiem, Nadal and Djokovic each came with more.

“They also have a gym in their hotel, so, they don’t have to do their fitness exercises during the five-hour period.

“You only have the five hours to play tennis.”

“It’s not apples and apples here, but apples and pears – and I caught the sour lemon.”

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