Rafael Nadal, the world’s second greatest tennis player, has apparently struck against Serbian rival Novak Djokovic after suggesting easing quarantine conditions for players preparing for the Australian Open.

Nadal is the latest figure within the sport to turn on senior Djokovic after petitioning sports authorities to reduce isolation restrictions on some players ahead of the tournament.

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Nadal and Djokovic are currently in Adelaide and meet the isolation requirements before returning to tennis at an exhibition event ahead of the Australian Open.

However, turmoil erupted in the tennis community after 72 top players were forced into a tough ban after potentially close ties to a confirmed case of Covid-19 while traveling on flights to Australia.

Djokovic drew up a list of suggestions after he and several others became angry about the demands placed on teammates to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Australia.

Some top players like Djokovic were able to quarantine themselves with access to tennis courts, while others, those hardest hit by the measures, were forced to stay in hotel rooms for 14 days with no prospect of training.

The issue also sparked separate media hype when Bernard Tomic’s Instagram influencer friend Vanessa Sierra, who also had to be isolated, complained of a lack of comfort – including an online vlog about how she was forced to wash her own hair for then what she said was the first time in her life.

Nadal, meanwhile, has been criticized for keeping silent on the subject. The Spanish compatriot Guido Pella announced last week: “Djokovic’s balcony is bigger than my room. But at least he said something.”

He added that he was surprised by Nadal and Dominic Thiem’s ​​silence.

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But in response to the matter communicated to ESPN, Nadal defended himself and appeared to take a subtle shot at Djokovic.

“Some have to go public with everything they do to help others, while some of us do it privately without making any public announcements or propaganda,” he said.

“The calls we are making to help the most disadvantaged players do not need or want to promote some of us.

“It’s understandable, respectable. Where is the row of privileges? I have a different view. Here in Adelaide our conditions have been better than most Melbourne conditions, but some Melbourne players have larger rooms where they can do physical activity Other smaller rooms where they cannot have contact with their trainer or physical trainer Where is the line It is a matter of ethics and everyone has their opinion.

“There has been talk of Adelaide people having better terms, but I haven’t heard from any Melbourne player that some have much better rooms than others.

“I haven’t seen some of those who complained so much about the conditions in Adelaide and complained about the conditions of the 20+ players who didn’t train. Complaints always come from a disadvantaged position.

“At the time of the fair play or level playing field discussion, people tend not to complain about the position of those who are worse off than them. In the end, we all try to make the most of our options and help each other.” . “

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It was reported last week that a number of isolating players had started a “revolt” against the conditions and mandatory quarantine as Australia continued to post positive results due to its aggressive stance on combating the spread of the virus.

According to official statistics, only 11 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the past few hours, along with zero deaths. The country has nearly 29,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with 909 deaths officially tabulated.

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