Australian Open quarantine shows how tennis stars are stuck in ‘elitist bubble’

Sky News host Chris Smith says the ranting Australian Open tennis players stuck in their “elitist bubbles” clearly are not familiar with the word ‘no’ after several quarantined stars have expressed outrage at their conditions.

Two further players have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the Australian Open case total to seven, leaving 72 players and other tournament guests in hotel quarantine in Melbourne.

Several stars including world number one Novak Djokovic have hit out at the conditions and complained about the lack of preparation they will have for the tournament which is set to begin within two weeks.

Djokovic has issued a list of demands including allowing players to quarantine in Toorak mansions with their own tennis courts.

The Victorian government has refused to budge.

“The poor petals are getting nowhere screaming at the umpire,” Mr Smith said.

He said these players clearly live in a “elitist bubble” as most people would see a hotel room as a “privilege not a punishment”.

“This is a group of children, not familiar with the word no. But all the rules in place, were made plain and clear to their teams, before they signed up to play.

“Maybe this excruciating 14 days, could teach them a thing or two, about how the other half live and about how good, they’ve had it, for most of their lives.”

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