Nick Kyrgios has labelled Novak Djokovic a tool and called for Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend to have some perspective after both complained about hotel quarantine conditions for the Australian Open.
Djokovic reportedly wrote to Australian Open boss Craig Tiley on Monday with a list of demands for changes to conditions for those self-isolating in hotels.
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Later on Monday, Tomic’s girlfriend Vanessa Sierra took to social media with a video from inside the room she and the Australian tennis player are sharing.
Sierra complained that the food served at their quarantine hotel room was cold and grumbled about having to wash her own hair.
“This is the worst part of quarantine,” Sierra said on her YouTube channel.
“I don't wash my own hair. I've never washed my own hair.
“It's just not something that I do. I normally have hairdressers that do it twice a week for me.
“This is the situation that we’re dealing with. I can't wait to get out of quarantine just so I can get my hair done.”
Naturally, Djokovic and Sierra were widely slammed among tennis fans and commentators.
And on Monday night Kyrgios had his say.
“Djokovic is a tool,” Kyrgios wrote while sharing a news report about the situation.
“I don't mind Bernie but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes.”
Djokovic is a tool. I don’t mind Bernie but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes 🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/MMgeriH2GJ
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 18, 2021
Novak Djokovic’s demands rejected
There are currently 72 players in hard quarantine and unable to train outside their hotel rooms for 14 days after positive COVID-19 tests on tournament charter flights.
Djokovic reportedly sent Tiley a letter with six demands he wanted actioned for the players in lockdown in Melbourne.
According to Spanish tennis website Punto de Break, Djokovic demanded the length of isolation be reduced, for players to see their coach or trainer, and as many players as possible moved to private houses with a tennis court to facilitate training.
Djokovic, who resigned as president of the ATP Player Council to set up the Professional Tennis Players Association, also wanted better food and more fitness equipment delivered to the rooms of players.
But Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews shut down any notion of reducing the duration of quarantine.
“People are free to provide lists of demands but the answer is no,” Andrews said.
“I know that there's been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules - well, the rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else, and they were all briefed on that before they came and that was a condition on which they came.
“There's no special treatment here.”
Djokovic and some the game's biggest stars including Ash Barty, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are preparing for the Open in Adelaide, where they will play an exhibition on January 29.
SA Premier Steven Marshall said there was no reason to change the quarantine plans for the tennis players in Adelaide.
“We've had very good feedback from the group we have in SA (but) the number is very small compared to the numbers in Victoria,” Marshall said.
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