As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for two weeks and are unable to train for the February 8-21 Grand Slam after some passengers on three charter flights ferrying them to Australia tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
A staff member wearing PPE works to clean surfaces at Melbourne Park in between training sessions for tennis players undergoing mandatory quarantine in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2021.
The smaller limit on home gatherings had been introduced on New Year's Eve as the state battled a cluster linked to a Black Rock Thai restaurant.
The world No. 1 said on Wednesday his good intentions had been "misconstrued as being selfish, hard and ungrateful".
His options would have been to train in his room as he would not have been able to train as others have under the special dispensation that Tennis Australia secured for players arriving in Melbourne last week.
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 players' complaints drew an unsympathetic reaction from Australian media, politicians and citizens online, many of whom angrily defended the strict isolation measures, especially as Melbourne only came out of a four-month lockdown in October.
Due to a lingering pelvic injury, Murray missed several competitions in the past two years and the former world number one is now 123rd in the latest ATP world ranking.
Australia has managed the pandemic well through targeted lockdowns and high rates of testing and contact tracing.
Australian Barty apologised after forgetting her mask while shopping at a supermarket in Melbourne. MMA champion Conor McGregor also intervened on this affair stating that tennis players must respect the strict established measures and that we should not complain. It's an wonderful place to play tennis.
"It's everyone's duty on this earth to do what they can". By subscribing, you can help us get the story right. "I know I would". "It's a country and tournament that I love", he added.
Tournament officials and the government health authorities have yet to spell out in detail whether crowd capacity for the 14 days of the Australian Open or the lead-up events will increase.