MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Embattled Australian Open match director Craig Tiley mentioned on Thursday he would not be resigning over the Novak Djokovic saga and denied Tennis Australia (TA) have been paying the Serbian’s legal and journey bills.
Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday evening, hours after a Federal court docket dismissed his effort to remain within the nation to play on the match the place he hoped to win a report twenty first Grand Slam title.
In his first interview because the world primary was faraway from Australia, Tiley sidestepped questions on Tennis Australia’s involvement in making an attempt to get Djokovic into the nation within the first place.
“We’ve already addressed these questions and actually now in the present day we’re simply specializing in delivering a fantastic occasion,” the South African, who can also be chief govt of Tennis Australia, advised Channel 9 at Melbourne Park.
In an earlier interview throughout the saga with Channel 9, which holds the printed rights to the match, Tiley had defended Tennis Australia’s position and blamed conflicting and rapidly altering recommendation from authorities.
Tiley was booed earlier on Thursday when he made his first look on court docket on the match at hand a bouquet to Australian participant Sam Stosur after her final singles match on the Grand Slam.
Two days after the Tennis Australia board launched an announcement “commending” him on his organisation of the occasion, Tiley was requested whether or not he can be resigning.
“No,” he mentioned. “We put an announcement out not too long ago and I’m very targeted on placing on a fantastic occasion.”
He additionally responded to reviews in native media that mentioned Tennis Australia had paid for Djokovic’s legal fees, his journey to Melbourne from Dubai and a home within the metropolis that the world primary did not use.
“I’ve seen these reviews,” he mentioned, “We do not actually go into the element of the monetary preparations now we have with the gamers. Those reviews are merely unfaithful.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly, writing by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Simon Cameron-Moore)