Australia’s Nick Kyrgios dismissed world primary Novak Djokovic as a “device” as a backlash grew in opposition to tennis gamers flown in for the Australian Open throughout a raging pandemic. Kyrgios joined a wave of criticism of the Serb for reportedly issuing an inventory of calls for for quarantined gamers who’ve arrived in Melbourne and Adelaide on chartered flights. The arrival of greater than 1,000 gamers and employees, together with 4 individuals who examined constructive, has raised hackles in a rustic which is basically coronavirus-free, and particularly in Melbourne which got here out of a four-month lockdown in October.
“Djokovic is a device,” Kyrgios tweeted, after the Serb led a refrain of participant complaints about circumstances in locked-down resort rooms.
At the least 72 gamers have been barred from leaving their rooms for 2 weeks after coronavirus circumstances had been detected on their constitution flights into the nation.
Others are allowed out of their rooms for as much as 5 hours a day to coach underneath strictly-controlled circumstances.
The 33-year-old Serb and reigning Australian Open champion is amongst a number of stars — others embrace Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal — who had been allowed to fly into Adelaide the place they take pleasure in higher services corresponding to balconies on their resort rooms, not like the bulk in Melbourne, the Australian Open’s host metropolis.
However Djokovic reportedly issued an inventory of calls for in a letter to Tennis Australia that included transferring quarantined gamers into personal properties with tennis courts and getting them higher meals.
Australian media zeroed in on the calls for, portraying them as petulant and egocentric, whereas exhibiting pictures of Djokovic not carrying a masks in a gamers’ minibus, which might be required in most taxis and rideshares in Australia.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews smashed again Djokovic’s calls for. “There isn’t any particular therapy right here. As a result of the virus does not deal with you specifically, so neither can we,” he stated on Monday.
In Australia many are additionally questioning why the gamers and employees had been flown in for the occasion, when tens of hundreds of Australians stay stranded abroad.
In the meantime Kyrgios additionally took intention at fellow Australian participant Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend, Vanessa Sierra, after she complained in a web based video about chilly meals and having to scrub her personal hair in quarantine.
“I do not thoughts Bernie however his Mrs clearly has no perspective, ridiculous scenes,” Kyrgios stated on Twitter.
Djokovic’s actions across the match are being intently watched, partly resulting from his seeming nonchalance in regards to the virus up to now.
Final 12 months, the 17-time main champion organised a sequence of exhibition occasions within the Balkans at which social distancing was minimal.
He and several other different gamers later examined constructive for the virus, in addition to his spouse Jelena.
Regardless of the controversies, the Australian Open is because of start in Melbourne on February 8, having already been delayed three weeks.
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