Kyrgios labels Djokovic ‘a tool’ over reported demands for self-isolating Australian Open players
- 18 Jan 2021
Nick Kyrgios has labelled Novak Djokovic “a tool” after the world number one reportedly issued a list of demands for players under strict quarantine conditions ahead of the Australian Open.
Defending women’s singles champion Sofia Kenin is among 72 players who are consigned to their hotel rooms due to positive coronavirus tests on flights they took to head out for the first grand slam of the year.
Players have posted social media clips of them training and in their rooms, with some complaining about the conditions they are having to contend with for 14 days.
Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend, Vanessa Sierra, expressed her grievances over the standard of food and having to wash her own hair and dishes during her period of quarantine with the world number 228 so far.
Djokovic does not have to adhere to such strict rules in Adelaide, where he is due to play in an exhibition tournament before the Melbourne major, as he arrived on a virus-free flight.
Yet the 17-time grand slam champion is said to have asked for less time in isolation for players, requested they are given private housing with access to training courts, and better food.
Kyrgios tweeted on Monday: “Djokovic is a tool. I don’t mind Bernie [Tomic] but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes Man.”
Three weeks before the Australian Open is due to get underway, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said the players will not be getting any “special treatment.”
He said: “The virus doesn’t treat you specially, so neither do we.
“I know there’s been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules.
“The rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else and they were all briefed on that before they came and that was the condition on which they came. So, there’s no special treatment here.”