Australia denies Djokovic's request for quarantine

The Serbian asked that the quarantine measures for the participants in the tournament be relaxed but Daniel Andrews confirmed that they rejected the demands of the Belgrade tennis player.

The Australian authorities on Monday denied the request of the world's number 1 racket Novak Djokovic to relax from the quarantine measures of the tennis players participating in the Australian Open, which is held from February 8 to 21.

"People are free to put forward a list of demands, but the answer is no," said Victoria's head of government Daniel Andrews at a Melbourne news conference in which he stressed that sanitary measures imposed in around the Australian Open "were clearly laid out in advance" .

The 33-year-old Serbian, who like some elite tennis players such as Rafa Nadal are in the city of Adelaide fulfilling their confinement, sent the CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, a letter with six points to improve the conditions of the players, as reported on Sunday by the specialized website Break Point.

Djokovic requested in his letter the transfer of the players to private homes with tennis courts to train, authorization for their coach or physical trainer to visit them if they have passed the tests to detect covid-19, reduce the days of isolation, among other lawsuits.

"There is no special treatment for anyone", Andrews insisted when asked about the request of the number 1 in the world.Victoria, which was the epicenter of the second wave of COVID-19 in Australia after failures in the quarantines of travelers in Melbourne hotels, reported this Monday its 12th day without local infections, although four of the infections among international travelers are linked to the Australian Open.

To date, a total of 72 players have been forced to be confined to their hotel rooms in Melbourne, without the possibility of leaving for five hours to train, for having traveled in three charter planes with 5 cases of COVID-19, which has caused discontent among several of them.

One of the complaints that has gone viral was that of Yulia Putintseva, who published on Saturday night a video of a mouse inside his room where he is quarantined, as well as training, while the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas is dedicated to putting images of him "surfing" on her mattress.

"Here I am going to spend my 14 days of quarantine alone," the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz Garfia said on Instagram when he showed his room in a video. who along with his compatriot Paula Badosa, as well as the Mexican Santiago González is part of the group of 72 athletes under strict confinement.

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