Novak Djokovic says players are unwilling to continue season with quarantines


World primary Novak Djokovic claims nearly all of players on the ATP Tour wouldn’t need the tennis season to continue if strict quarantines are required earlier than tournaments.

Speaking after his quarter-final victory over Alexander Zverev on the Australian Open on Tuesday, he stated he needs solutions as to what the post-Melbourne season will seem like.

Players arriving for the Australian Open had to adhere to a 14-day quarantine course of. While many players have been allowed to exit for up to 5 hours to practice, some have been confined to their rooms 24/7 for the complete isolation interval after COVID-19 instances have been found on their incoming flights.

Djokovic was not one of many players hit with the additional quarantine necessities, however he says a spate of accidents amongst prime players may very well be down to the unusual preparations.

“What we are seeing is not normal. It’s not something we are used to. Top players are the ones that are fittest. It has been proven in the past that that’s the case,” Djokovic, who has been enjoying with an stomach harm suffered in his third-round match towards Taylor Fritz, advised reporters.

“Now you will have (Matteo) Berrettini, even Rafa (Nadal) coming in with a again harm, myself, Sascha (Zverev), as nicely, struggled, (Grigor) Dimitrov. I imply, clearly it has one thing to do with these type of circumstances that we have been in.

“We are hoping that it’s temporary. But talking to a lot of players, the majority don’t want to go ahead with the season if we have to quarantine before most of the tournaments.”

The Australian Open quarantine was particularly stringent however even finally yr’s U.S. and French Opens, players had to observe strict pointers.

Djokovic, who fashioned the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) final yr, stated the Player Council, which he’s now not part of, needed solutions from the ATP.

“I spoke to some of the council members, and they are saying they have extensive discussions about that with ATP management,” he stated. “I’m waiting for answers. I want to understand how our continuation of the season post-Australia is going to look, because is definitely not good for players wellbeing.”

The 17-time Grand Slam champion stated players put up with quarantine due to the monetary incentives on the Australian Open, however stated the identical wouldn’t be true of some common tournaments on the ATP Tour.

“I’m not pointing fingers at anybody. It’s just I’m speaking what is going on,” he stated.

“We have to find away, whether it’s something like an NBA bubble, because I heard some players talk about that, and I don’t mind to discuss about that kind of idea,” he stated.

“Select one place and we play all the tournaments on that surface and that place. Three, four weeks in, rest, then back again. Something like that.”

Djokovic stated that with the Tour transferring on to Europe and north America, the place COVID-19 charges are nonetheless excessive, players face extra potential quarantines and limits on help employees.

“Some countries don’t want to accept people coming in from some specific countries because of the virus strains, different virus strains,” he stated. “I don’t know how we’re gonna handle with that, honestly. But we have to address this very quickly.”

Zverev echoed Djokovic’s ideas.

“We can’t have a travelling circuit right now,” he stated.

“What the ATP should do is, maybe having a venue like here and play multiple weeks at one place. At the end of the day in Europe right now we can’t have spectators, so what difference does it really make where we play the tournament?”


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