Novak Djokovic issues extraordinary list of demands for 72 players forced into hard quarantine

Novak Djokovic has reportedly issued a list of demands for the tennis players forced into hard quarantine in the lead up to the Australian Open. 

The Grand Slam tournament is in crisis three weeks before the first ball is served with 72 tennis stars isolating in hotels and unable to practice.

A fifth person, who had flown into Melbourne on an Australian Open charter flight from Doha, tested positive to Covid on Sunday night after arriving on Saturday.

It meant three Australian Open charter flights have now brought in passengers who later tested positive, following infections on planes from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.

The players will now be confined to their hotel rooms for the next 14 days, despite initially being told they would be able to leave for five hours a day to train.
Djokovic, who flew in with a team of 10 people to Adelaide and is not subject to the same hard quarantine, has reportedly called on Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley to fulfill a list of requests.

 According to Spanish tennis website Punto de Break, the world No. 1 wants fitness and training materials in all rooms, decent food, and for the 14-day quarantine period to be reduced by carrying out more tests.   

Djokovic is also asking for as many players as possible to be placed in private houses with a tennis court to train on.

While Tennis Australia haven't publicly responded to the 33-year-old's demands, he has been blasted as a hypocrite online.

'You know who we shouldn’t be listening to about covid protocols for a tennis tournament? ... Novak ‘Adria Tour’ Djokovic,' one Twitter user wrote, referencing the tennis star's decision to host a competition in Croatia and Serbia in June at the height of the pandemic. 

Djokovic himself was struck down with Covid, along with his wife Jelena. 

'I hope Djokovic gets a true Australian answer to his letter... Yeah Nah. Last person in the world I'd be taking advice on COVID protocols,' tweeted sport reporter Sean Callanan. 

Stars from around the world were robbed of any real chance of success at the Australian Open after positive Covid tests on three charter flights into Melbourne. 

Instead of practicing on court for five hours a day like their competitors, players such as Angelique Kerber and Kei Nishikori are stuffed into hotel rooms for 14 days. 

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