Novak Djokovic -- Australian Open demands were 'misconstrued'

Novak Djokovic has claimed a list of demands to Australian Open organisers had

"Today I received a positive COVID-19 test result".

Tennis umpire Carlos Bernardes was recovering well after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday while in quarantine in Melbourne ahead of next month's Australian Open, the ATP Tour said on Thursday.

She is the first female tennis player on the tournament's roster to have a confirmed positive test, the latest setback for preparations for the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne. "I'm feeling unwell and have symptoms", the world number 67 tweeted. "But I'll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors".

"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".

As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable to train for the February 8-21 Australian Open after passengers on three charter flights to Melbourne returned positive tests for COVID-19.

Djokovic, who is now in a more relaxed quarantine in Adelaide ahead of an exhibition event leading into the Australian Open, said his suggestions were compiled from a group chat with other players and that he knew it was unlikely any of them would be granted.

Strict anti-virus measures are in place in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open
Strict anti-virus measures are in place in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open

"At the beginning the rule was the positive section of the plane who was with that person had to quarantine".

"Not fair to change the rules at the last moment".

On Wednesday, local officials reported that a total of 10 people who travelled to Australia for the tournament had tested positive, but some of those were likely to be viral shedding, where someone who has previously had the virus still has it in their system but is no longer contagious.

Kazak women's world No. 28 Yulia Putintseva complained of a mice infestation at her quarantine and said the windows would not open in her room.

Badosa was among the 72 tennis players who have been placed under a stricter lockdown - unable to leave their hotel rooms at all for two weeks - after being on a flight with someone who tested positive upon arrival in Melbourne.

Djokovic had suggested easing quarantine restrictions in his initial comments to Tiley and was promptly criticized for his lack of awareness by many in Australia, including Nick Kyrgios and Sam Groth.

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