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The enormous leg-up in Australian Open preparation for biggest stars

As far as uneven playing fields go, it’s hard to look past the difference between the preparation for the lower-ranked players in hard, 14-day lockdown prior to the Australian Open and the treatment of the game’s biggest stars.

As 72 players enter the halfway point of their time in strict quarantine, superstars Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem, Naomi Osaka and Venus Williams are currently enjoying a preparation that is as close to normal as is possible in the COVID-19 world.

Tennys Sandgren, who is one of the 72 in hard quarantine, has detailed the difference between his preparation and the build up of the lucky few in Adelaide.

“We’re all aware of the level of preferential treatment the top players get. And I’m not saying it’s undeserved, either,” Sandgren told the Herald and The Age.

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