Australian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal breaks his silence from quarantine to shot thinly veiled jibe at Novak Djokovic

Australian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal breaks his silence from quarantine to shot thinly veiled jibe at Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal breaks his silence while at hotel in quarantine and has defended his and other top players’ decision not to publicly address the quarantine debacle in Australia ahead of Australian Open 2021, saying “some of us don’t need or want to advertise when we help the most disadvantaged players.”

Rafael Nadal appeared to take a pot shot on Djokovic
Rafael Nadal appeared to take a pot shot on Djokovic
  • Rafael Nadal shots at Novak Djokovic
  • World number one Novak Djokovic says his calls to ease hotel quarantine rules for players were ‘misconstrued’ and that he is grateful to be in Australia

The 20-time Grand Slam winner’s comments came as a result back of world No 1 Novak Djokovic’s controversial letter to Australian Open organisers and government officials about the hard lockdown rules for players in Melbourne.

Serbian star Djokovic sent a list of requests to authorities asking for better food for those in quarantine as well as “private houses with tennis courts” for those affected by the virus in the country.

However, there was a backlash from Australians and the Serbian later issued a statement defending himself against allegations of being “selfish, difficult and ungrateful.”

“But I find the silence of Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal stranger. Novak, at least, showed good intentions.”

In an interview with ESPN, Spanish star and world No 2 Rafael Nadal breaks his silence Shea’s of Australian Open 2021 and appeared to take a pot shot on Djokovic, saying:

 “We all try to help each other.

“Some need to make public all they do to try to help others, while some of us do it privately without publishing our calls or making propaganda with it.

He added: “The calls we make to help the most disadvantaged players, some of us don’t need or want to advertise it.”


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However, the Spaniard feels it is a bit more complicated.

“It is understandable, respectable. Where is the line of privileges? I have a different view,” he said.

“Here in Adelaide our conditions have been better than most of the conditions in Melbourne, but some Melbourne players have larger rooms where they can perform physical activities, others smaller rooms where they cannot have contact with their coach or physical trainer. Where is the line?

“I have not heard any Melbourne players complain that they have a better room or about those who have been confined without being able to train.

“I have not seen those who complain so much about our conditions in Adelaide say, ‘Why are there not equal conditions, now we will all go without training.

“You always look up, always complain about a disadvantageous position.”


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