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Former top-25 tennis player Jeremy Chardy attacks Tennis Australia's decision to relax Covid-19 bubble rules for top stars including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams at Adelaide tournament before players head to 2021's first Grand Slam The game's elite accommodated in Adelaide have the luxury of a hotel gym  They are also allowed more coaching staff than those staying in Melbourne  Former top-25 player Jeremy Chardy accused Tennis Australia of favouritism Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin are the Australian Open defending champions

By Alex Bowmer For Mailonline

Published: 16:00 GMT, 9 January 2021 | Updated: 16:17 GMT, 9 January 2021

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Former top-25 tennis player Jeremy Chardy has slammed Tennis Australia's decision to give preferential treatment to some of the game's biggest names by hosting a pre-Australian Open tournament with relaxed Covid-19 bubble conditions and smarter facilities. 

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will compete in the men's tournament alongside US Open champion Dominic Thiem, while 23-time major winner Serena Williams will play in the women's event along with US Open champion and World No 1 Naomi Osaka and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep. 

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One unnamed player on the men's and women's side will make up the draw at the exhibition, which is being held at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre in Adelaide on January 29 and has been dubbed A Day At The Drive. 

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will benefit from Adelaide's superior Covid-19 conditions

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will benefit from Adelaide's superior Covid-19 conditions 

Jeremy Chardy has hit out at the special treatment given to some of the game's big names

Jeremy Chardy has hit out at the special treatment given to some of the game's big names

However, the bubble conditions for this select group of elite players are far more comfortable than what will be enjoyed by those competing at next month's opening Grand Slam of 2021 in Melbourne.  

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