Tennis Australia Chief Executive Craig Tiley
said earlier in the week that the top players were sent to
Adelaide to ensure organisers did not exceed the limit set by
the authorities for people quarantining in Melbourne.
Some of those isolating in Melbourne have accused organisers of
favouring the top players but Thiem said there was no real
difference between the locations.
"It's a privilege to be here in Adelaide. But it's not that huge
an advantage," the Austrian told The Guardian.
"We get the same amount of practice time as the guys in
Melbourne. It's just not that busy on-site. It's just that we
are (fewer) players here.
"Compared to the players who are not in hard quarantine in
Melbourne, we have pretty similar conditions."
U.S. Open champions Thiem and Naomi Osaka will join Rafa Nadal,
Novak Djokovic, Ash Barty and Serena Williams in playing a
pre-Australian Open exhibition event in Adelaide at the end of
World number one Djokovic has regularly been spotted on the
balcony of his hotel room in Adelaide, with videos showing him
watching youngsters play, speaking to fans and dancing to music.
The Serbian said that while he missed his freedom during
isolation he had no complaints.
"The first thing I am going to do on Friday morning, I'm just
going to run straight to this park and I'm just going to spend
an hour there," Djokovic told Adelaide radio station Mix 102.3.
"I miss being free, being able to walk around.
"Honestly it's been a wonderful experience so far for me being
in quarantine in Australia. It's different, nobody likes to be
locked up in a room for 14 days but at the same time we have
been very fortunate comparing to the guys in Melbourne."
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru and Sudipto Ganguly in
Mumbai; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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