Djokovic Plays Down Prize Money Demands

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Novak Djokovic has played down reports that he called for an Australian Open boycott in a demand for more prize money.

The former world number one is said to have suggested forming a breakaway players’ union during a meeting on Friday.

Djokovic beat Donald Young in the first round of the Grand Slam in Melbourne this morning

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It was his first competitive match since July due to an elbow injury with the Serb saying reports about a revolt have been completely taken out of context:

“I saw that you’ve portrayed me as someone who is very greedy and asks for more money and wants to boycott. I respect your freedom to write that – but not much of what you’ve written is true.”

Meanwhile Roger Federer has had a good start to the defence of his men’s singles title.

The 19 time Grand Slam winner took just an hour and 40 minutes to complete a straight sets win over Aljaz Bedene.

There were also wins for Maria Sharapova and Johanna Konta this morning, but two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitov√° has suffered a first round defeat.

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