The strict quarantine rules at the Australian Open will not be relaxed, even though number one in the world Novak Djokovic has asked for this in a letter.
The state of Victoria and the organization do not want to make exceptions.
"People are free to ask questions, but the answer is no. The players knew what to expect when they traveled here. We're not going to make any exceptions," said Daniel Andrews, Victoria's prime minister.
72 participants are now in isolation in a hotel room in Melbourne.
They were on a plane with one or more corona-infected people in it and are not allowed to go outside for the next fourteen days and therefore not train.
Novak Djokovic, who, together with a number of top players, is still in Adelaide to play a demonstration tournament there, asked for flexibility on Monday.
However, that request was quickly rejected and, moreover, criticized.
"A selfish and political move by Djokovic", said former tennis player Sam Groth.
“It's ridiculous and insulting to the Australians who have been through it. As if the Prime Minister were to say, 'All right, Novak.
Isolated Australian Open participants train in hotel room
Tiley: 'Vast majority understand rules'
According to Australian Open director Craig Tiley, Djokovic's letter is not in line with the feeling among the participants.
“The vast majority agree with the rules. They know they have to make this sacrifice before they can play for $ 80 million in prize money,” he said.
"There are always people who criticize the approach, but the rest fully support it. Of course, the preparation is not the same for everyone, but we do everything we can to make that difference as small as possible."
Victoria Azarenka is one of the participants who supports the rules.
“I understand the frustration and sense of injustice in some, but sometimes things happen that you have to accept and adapt to,” the two-time Australian Open winner wrote on Twitter.
"Have respect for the people who work hard to make our lives easier."
The Australian Open starts on February 8.
The draw is four days earlier.
Botic van de Zandschulp - he is one of the players who is not allowed to leave his hotel room - and Arantxa Rus are the Dutch participants.