Novak Djokovic: 'My good intentions have been misconstrued as selfish'
Novak Djokovic - Novak Djokovic strikes back while criticizing Australian Open "proposals" to help quarantined players - AFP
Novak Djokovic insists that his letter to the organizers of the Australian Open was "misinterpreted" after a violent backlash to his proposals to support players in quarantine.
After a series of charter flights from Los Angeles, Doha and Abu Dhabi over the weekend, 72 players have been locked in their hotel rooms in Melbourne after positive coronavirus tests.
A number of stars have voiced criticism of how the situation is being handled, which means they won't be able to train two weeks before the Australian Open next month.
In a letter to tournament director Craig Tiley, Djokovic, number 1 in the men's world, called for a reduction in isolation time, better food and a visit from the coaches by the players.
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These requests were quickly denied and condemned by Australian politicians.
Djokovic is in Adelaide, where he was able to train and crank up his preparations for the opening Grand Slam of the year.
In a statement on social media, the Serb defended himself and apologized for the players' comments.
"My good intentions for my Melbourne competitors have been misunderstood as selfish, difficult and ungrateful," he wrote.
"This couldn't be further from the truth. Not all action is taken at face value, and sometimes when I see the consequences of things I wonder if I should just sit back and enjoy my advantages instead of paying attention other people's fights.
"Despite the challenging consequences and misunderstandings, however, I always choose to do something and be of service.
"I've earned my privileges the hard way, and because of that, it's very difficult for me to just be a spectator who knows how important every help, gesture and good word was to me when I was small and insignificant in the world there was pecking order.
"So I use my privileged position to serve as much as possible, where and when it is needed. I have always had a very good relationship with Craig and I respect and appreciate all the efforts he makes to make the Australian Open one Place to make i look forward to coming back every year.
"During our e-mail exchanges, I took the opportunity to consider possible improvements to the quarantine of players in Melbourne who were in a fully banned state.
"There were a few suggestions and ideas that I gathered from other players in our chat group, and there was no harm in trying to help. I was aware that the chances were slim that any of our suggestions were The application for quarantine with my team in Melbourne instead of Adelaide was rejected due to strict government regulations prior to our trip. Since I couldn't be with other players in Melbourne, I made myself available if necessary. "
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Earlier in the day, Tiley Tennis Australia defended on the pretext of preferential treatment over Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
"I have a feeling it is being perceived as preferential treatment," Tiley told reporters in Australia.
"But they are the top players in the world. My general rule is, if you are at the top of the game as a Grand Slam champion, it's the nature of the business. You will get a better deal."
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