Daniil Medvedev, the world No. 2, will not announce his vaccination status, but he has confirmed that he will compete in the Australian Open.
Players who wish to compete in the Australian Open in 2022 will have to produce confirmation of vaccination, according to Victoria Premier Dan Andrews.
Medvedev had a solid showing in the Australian Open this year, but he was defeated in the final by Novak Djokovic.
“It’s a personal thing. I am not going to discuss my medical issues,” Medvedev said.
“But I am prepared to play the Australian Open and will even do 2 weeks quarantine if needed.”
Medvedev declines to say if he has received COVID vaccine: “It’s a personal thing. I am not going to discuss my medical issues. But I am prepared to play the Australian Open and will even do 2 weeks quarantine if needed.”— Luigi Gatto (@gigicat7_) October 7, 2021
Andrews sends a strong message to players
“Grand slam titles won’t protect you,” Victoria Premier Andrews said as per reports on Tennishead.
“The only title that will protect you is you being able to have had your first dose and second dose.
“Logic, and numerous conversations with the Prime Minister, tells me that if you are an Australian citizen, you will be allowed home if you haven’t had the jab.
“But if you’re coming on a tourist visa or a business visa, so you’re not an Aussie, like, you are coming to visit, the notion of you getting in here without being vaccinated, I thinks very, very low.”
Before the start of this year’s event, Medvedev, who is seeded first in the main draw at Indian Wells, made an intriguing remark.
“Usually I don’t like the conditions here. But I felt good last year, just before the pandemic, because we were all here to prepare for the tournament.
“And I was playing amazingly. I had lost a few games just before Indian Wells. So I was well prepared and I was playing amazingly in practice.
“I was destroying everyone but the tournament was cancelled. I said to myself maybe it was my year for Indian Wells,” Medvedev said.
“Their high level is very similar; the problem is their low average level.”