Bill Shorten said he doesn’t know who Bernard Tomic’s controversial girlfriend is, but hilariously admitted he stumbled across photos of her donning a disposable face mask bikini.
Tomic, the former world No. 17, is currently undergoing hard lockdown in hotel quarantine with his OnlyFans star girlfriend Vanessa Sierra.
Seventy-two tennis stars are isolating in hotel rooms and unable to practice after they were deemed close contacts of six Covid-infected passengers on charter flights into Melbourne.
Due to Australia’s strict Covid protocols, the affected players will be confined to their hotel rooms for the next 14 days, despite initially being told they would be able to leave for five hours a day to train.
In a video posted to YouTube, Sierra – who flew back from Doha with Tomic – said she is struggling with hotel quarantine because it means she has to wash her own hair.
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten appeared on The Today Show on Tuesday, where he said some players and their entourages have behaved like ‘pampered sooks’
When asked by Stefanovic what he found after searching for Sierra online, Shorten responded: ‘She did get in trouble for wearing face masks as a bikini’ (pictured)
‘This is the worst part of quarantine. I don’t wash my own hair, I’ve never washed my own hair. It’s just not something that I do. I normally have hairdressers that do it twice a week for me,’ the Love Island star told her followers.
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten appeared on The Today Show on Tuesday to discuss the Australian Open quarantine debacle and the players’ complaints about the hotel conditions.
‘Listen, I hadn’t heard of this lady Vanessa. But I googled her and I’m not sure she gets Covid and how serious it is,’ he told Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon.
When asked by Stefanovic what he found after searching for Sierra online, Shorten responded: ‘She did get in trouble for wearing face masks as a bikini’.
Shorten’s admission sparked uncontrollable laughter from the hosts and 2GB’s Chris Smith, before he slammed certain players and their partners as ‘pampered sooks’.
‘At a human level, sure, it’s not great to be cooped in a hotel room for that period of time. But I think they just need to get a grip,’ Shorten said.
‘Covid’s been shocking. People have died, people have lost their jobs, people haven’t been able to go to the funerals of their loved ones and you’ve got these pampered sooks who are having a cry over their conditions.
‘They’re elite athletes, I can sympathise. But they get paid a lot of money to come to the Australian Open. Maybe they’ve just got to see how the rest of the world is putting up with Covid as well.’
Shorten acknowledged that most athletes have behaved graciously during quarantine.
Nick Kyrgios pictured with his ex-girlfriend Anna Kalinskaya. The Australian tennis bad boy has labelled world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a ‘tool’ and insulted fellow Aussie star Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend in an astonishing rant
Kyrgios, 25, also turned his sights on Tomic’s reality TV star partner Vanessa Sierra over her quarantine complaints
‘I should say most of the tennis players are doing the right thing. It’s just a few of the attention seekers,’ he said.
Meanwhile, tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios has labelled world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a ‘tool’ after the Serb sent a list of demands to tennis authorities.
‘Djokovic is a tool,’ Kyrgios wrote on Twitter late on Monday evening in response to news of player complaints about conditions in quarantine.
Kyrgios, 25, then turned his sights on Sierra, who among other gripes moaned about the quality of hotel food.
‘I don’t mind Bernie but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes,’ he added in his tweet in reference to Tomic and Sierra.
Sierra posted a video to YouTube complaining how nobody cleaned their room, they didn’t get fresh sheets, and were forced to wash their dinner plates in the bathroom sink.
As Tomic is a vegan, Sierra said the hotel food did not sufficiently cater to his dietary requirement so the couple spent $200-a-day on Uber Eats.
She also expressed concerns about sharing such a small space with her tennis star boyfriend.
‘There is only one bathroom. I have never pooped in front of Bernard. I don’t know what I am going to do. I haven’t broken that barrier in the relationship yet, and I hope I don’t have to,’ she said.
Kyrgios has become a strong critic of Djokovic during the pandemic and in June described him as ‘boneheaded’ after the Serbian tested positive for Covid-19 following his self-organised ‘Adria Tour’ tournament.
Vanessa Sierra (pictured) had earlier offered an inside glimpse into her Melbourne hotel quarantine stint with Bernard Tomic
Djokovic was roasted by Australian political leaders and tennis fans after he urged officials to ease restrictions on 72 Australian Open players stuck in hard quarantine.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan was the latest to pile on, calling players complaining about their conditions ‘prima donnas’.
Former Australian tennis player Sam Groth also labelled Djokovic’s list of demands ‘a selfish political move to gain popularity’.
‘To suggest players should have shorter quarantine is not only ridiculous it’s insulting to Australians that have had to endure it,’ he wrote in the Herald Sun.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews responded on Monday by ruling out any easing of the hard quarantine arrangements.
‘People are free to provide a list of demands. But the answer is no,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘I know that there’s been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules. Well, the rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else, and they were all briefed on that before they came.
World number one Novak Djokovic (pictured on the balcony of his Adelaide quarantine) has copped a backlash online after making a list of demands for 72 Australian Open players in hard quarantine
Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus along with his wife Jelena (pictured together) after hosting the Adria Tour tournament in Croatia and Serbia in June last year
Novak Djokovic list of demands for quarantined players
- Fitness and training material in all rooms
- Decent food for elite athletes, following players taking aim at the meals on offer
- Reduce the days of isolation for players in hard isolation and carry out more tests to confirm they are negative
- Permission to visit your coach or physical trainer, as long as both have passed the tests
- Grant both the player and his coach to be on the same floor of the hotel
- Move as many players as possible to private houses with a tennis court to facilitate training
Djokovic was also roasted by Australian political leaders and tennis fans after he urged officials to ease restrictions on 72 Australian Open players stuck in hard quarantine.
‘I’m here not so much to be opining about how in touch with the real world these people are. That’s not my job. My job is to make it very clear. People were told what the rules were (before they got here).’
Mr Andrews said the rules in place for the tennis players were based on public health advice.
‘The advice was, ‘It’s not easy, it has to be done properly’. Despite commentary from players about what they’d like to do… it’s about what needs to be done.’
However, the rules on quarantine were changed for players, who were initially told they would only go into quarantine if people near them on the plane tested positive, but that was later broadened to anyone on incoming flights.
A total of five passengers across three flights had returned positive Covid-19 tests, resulting in 72 players from those flights being unable to leave their rooms for two weeks.
Some tennis fans returned serve on Djokovic by taking to Twitter to blast his proposals.
‘I hope Djokovic gets a true Australian answer to his letter… yeah nah,’ tweeted sport reporter Sean Callanan.
‘Last person in the world I’d be taking advice on Covid protocols.’
According to Spanish tennis website Punto de Break, Djokovic’s request extended to fitness and training materials being placed in all rooms and dietary requirements being met.
He is also asking for the 14-days quarantine to be reduced by carrying out more tests and for players to be able to visit their coach, subject to a negative test being recorded.
Djokovic reportedly called for Tennis Australia to fulfill a list of requirements for the 72 stars, including for them to have access to private homes with a tennis court to train on
Djokovic himself was struck down with Covid-19, along with his wife Jelena, after he helped arrange the Adria Tour tournament in Croatia and Serbia in June, where there was an outbreak of the virus.
Tennis players Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki were also diagnosed with the virus.
Players at that tournament were not obliged to observe social distancing measures and were filmed playing basketball and dancing together on stage at a nightclub.
‘You know who we shouldn’t be listening to about Covid protocols for a tennis tournament? … Novak ‘Adria Tour’ Djokovic,’ one Twitter user wrote, referencing the tennis star’s decision to host the competition.
Sports broadcaster Shane McInnes said: ‘It’s fair to say Djokovic’s opinion on Covid-19 protocols count for zilch’.
‘He partied when there were Covid restrictions. He should not have been allowed in Australia and now he is he can suck it up,’ another person tweeted.
One tongue-in-cheek tweet read: ‘A Covid Denier, anti-vaxxer calling the shots sounds reasonable’.
‘He quickly forgot the Covid disaster he created last year in his native country?’, read another comment.
Djokovic’s Adria Tour in Serbia and Croatia in June last year came under scrutiny after players were pictured out partying
Djokovic (pictured arriving into Adelaide last week) wants fitness and training materials in all rooms and decent food for the 72 Australian Open players in hard quarantine
Australian Open players and their entourages were initially told they would be able to leave their hotel rooms for five hours a day to train, but that changed for those players on the affected flights.
Five passengers across three Australian Open flights into Melbourne – from Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi and Doha – tested positive on arrival.
Djokovic, who flew into Adelaide with a team of 10 people, is not subject to the same hard quarantine but spoke up for the affected players.
Tennis Australia has not publicly responded to the list of requests but the COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria commissioner Emma Cassar told Melbourne’s 3AW there will be no changes to the quarantine rules.
‘It’s a firm no from me,’ Ms Cassar said.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said: ‘Victorians have gone through a long lockdown’.
‘Victorians have copped this as much as anyone in the world, and it’s for them really to reflect on some of the privileged positions that others might have with respect to how their quarantine plays out.’
Djokovic hit out at the media over criticisms of his Adria Tour event at the time, claiming there had been a ‘witch hunt’ against him.
He even promised he would ‘do it again’.
Djokovic also come under fire last year for his stance on vaccinations but refuted claims he was an ‘anti-vaxxer’ and criticised the media for taking his comments out of context.
‘My issue here with vaccines is if someone is forcing me to put something in my body,’ he said last year.
‘That I don’t want. For me that’s unacceptable.
‘I am not against vaccination of any kind, because who am I to speak about vaccines when there are people that have been in the field of medicine and saving lives around the world?
‘I’m sure that there are vaccines that have little side effects that have helped people and helped stop the spread of some infections around the world.’