Novak Djokovic pens open letter to Australia to 'clarify' his list of quarantine demands
Novak Djokovic has taken to social media in an attempt to “clarify a few things” about the list of suggestions he sent Australian Open director Craig Tiley.
The World No.1’s reputation took a slam this week after it was revealed he sent a list of demands to organisers, including having exercise equipment in rooms, better food and allowing players to move to private houses with tennis courts for more training.
His pleas fell on deaf ears as health authorities rejected the demands, and his actions were condemned by public figures including Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
In response Djokovic penned an open letter to Australia on Wednesday night to say his “good intentions” were “misconstrued.”
“In light of recent media and social media criticism for my letter to Craig Tiley (Tournament director of Australian Open), I would like to clarify a few things,” he wrote.
"My good intentions for my fellow competitors in Melbourne have been misconstrued as being selfish, difficult and ungrateful. This couldn't be farther from the truth."
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Djokovic went on to say he could not “sit back and say nothing” about the treatment of players.
"Not every act is taken at its face value and at times when I see the aftermath of things, I do tend to ask myself if I should just sit back and enjoy my benefits instead of paying attention to other people's struggles," he wrote.
"However, I always choose to do something and be of service despite the challenging consequences and misunderstandings.
"I genuinely care about my fellow players and I also understand very well how the world is run and who gets bigger and better and why."
Djokovic and some the game's biggest stars including Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are preparing for the Open in Adelaide, where they will play an exhibition on January 29.
There have been claims those players have better training conditions and were allowed to bring more staff than the one person allocated to players in Melbourne.
Despite the chaos, Tiley has ruled out delaying the tennis grand slam a second time after it was initially put back three weeks.