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Djokovic Clarifies COVID Requests, Says He Wasn't Being 'Selfish'

The Australian Open dramas continue, with World Number 1 Novak Djokovic giving his critics a serve.

In a social media post, Djokovic claimed he was not being “selfish, difficult and ungrateful” when he reportedly asked AO tournament director Craig Tiley for reduced isolation periods.

The current world number 1 claims he was just looking out for his fellow players…

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The lengthy Instagram post went on to add:

"I genuinely care about my fellow players and I also 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 knowing how much every help, gesture and good word mattered to me when I was small and insignificant in the world pecking order.

"Hence I use my position of privilege to be of service as much as I can where and when needed."

Djokovic also tried tried to clarify his conversation with Tiley:

In our email exchange I used an opportunity to brainstorm about potential improvements that could be made to the quarantine of players in Melbourne that were in full lockdown.

In the end, these weren’t demands, just suggestions. It was a classic brainstorm session and, as we all know, there are no bad ideas in a brainstorm. We’ve all bounced ideas around and somehow ended up on ‘private house with a tennis court’.

However, it looks like Djokovic’s brainstorm session will fall on deaf ears, after 10 people who flew into Melbourne for the grand slam tested positive for Coronavirus.

With AAP.