Australian Open Says he has been misunderstood
Novak Djokovic has been at the centre of attention recently for off-court issues, having apparently complained about the COVID-19 protocols in place ahead of the Australian Open.
The Serb, though, disputes that he was unhappy with the restrictions in place, and says his comments were made with good intentions.
“Following recent criticism on social media of my letter, I would like to clarify a few things,” Djokovic wrote. “My good intentions have been misinterpreted as selfish or ungrateful, which is far from true.
“I understand very well how the world is run and who gets bigger and better and why. I’ve earned my privileges the hard way, and for that reason, it is very difficult for me to be a mere onlooker.
“Things in the media escalated and there was a genuine impression that the players, including myself, are ungrateful, weak and selfish because of their unpleasant feelings in quarantine.
“I am very sorry that it has come to that because I do know how grateful many are.
“We all came to Australia to compete. Not being able to train and prepare before the tournament starts is really not easy. None of us ever questioned 14 days of quarantine despite what is being said by media outlets.”