According to Marca, the world primary would have expressed the want that everybody “is on the same footing of equality”, throughout the strict quarantine imposed by the authorities.
With the persevering with world menace of Covid-19, players should carry out a fortnight in Australia before the debut of the first Grand Slam of the yr (February 8 to 21). Initially deliberate for Melbourne, it is going to finally happen at two places. The gratin of world tennis will spend his 40s in Adelaide relatively than Melbourne in the perspective of the Australian Open. And this isn’t unanimous. Tennis Australia (TA) boss Craig Tiley initially introduced that “the top 3 men and top 3 women” can be confined to Adelaide relatively than Melbourne forward of the Australian Open. It have to be mentioned that an exhibition is deliberate there on January 29 and 30 with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep. With world primary Ashleigh Barty being Australian, she does not must quarantine. If we observe the logic of the rating, it’s Sofia Kenin, quantity 4 in the WTA who ought to have joined this bubble, however it’s finally the American Serena Williams, now 11e world however 23 Grand Slam titles on the clock, which has been built-in …
Privileges granted to the high of world tennis?
In Adelaide, about fifty folks will do their quarantine on this second bubble. “The conditions of the quarantine will be the same,” Tennis Australia assured. No completely different remedy for the greatest? Really ? In an interview with L’Equipe.fr, Jérémy Chardy assured: “They will even have the ability to profit from a fitness center at the lodge and can have the ability to do their workouts which is not going to depend in the quota of 5 hours. Everyone can exit. They will nearly have the ability to dwell usually. Already they’ve lots of privileges … If they’ll do every part greater than you, it is not going to be the identical preparation. And that is bizarre for a sport the place we’re all purported to be on the identical footing. If I have been the 4th in the world, I’d be defeated! And what would have occurred if “Rodreur” (Federer, presently fifth in the world) had come? “
“I advocate equality between colleagues regardless of the classification and as I’ve all the time performed”
The players concerned can thus come with all their staff with the freedom for all to go out during the five hours allowed outside the hotel room. As a reminder, in Melbourne, only one accompanying players will be allowed to leave. That of Adelaide is therefore already controversial and the Spanish daily Marca, ensures that Novak Djokovic would have posted in a private WhatsApp conversation his disagreement about this difference in treatment between the best players and the others, who will remain in the Melbourne bubble. The world number 1 having declared “equality between colleagues no matter the rating and as he all the time has”. A really political exit. It have to be mentioned that the Serbian, at the origin of the creation of an association to defend the interests of the players (PTPA), is in his role… As a reminder, some 1,270 players and their staff are due to arrive on charter flights at the end of next week in Melbourne, where they are supposed to respect a quarantine of 14 days before the tournament.