Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will STILL not commit to the Australian Open, as the first Grand Slam of 2022 faces a men’s draw with neither of the top two available in the middle of the vaccination line.
- Novak Djokovic returns to tennis action at indoor Paris Masters this week
- It’s the world’s number one first appearance since crashing at the US Open.
- It is not yet clear whether he will participate in the Australian Open next year.
The world’s two best male players are still refusing to commit to the January Australian Open after recent hardline comments made by Melbourne’s State Premier.
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev return to action this week at the indoor Paris Masters, with the former surfacing for the first time since the latter defeating him at the US Open.
The nine-time Australian Open champion declined to say what he thought about defending his title, despite the unequivocal stance of Victoria’s top politician Daniel Andrews.
Novak Djokovic to return to action in Paris for the first time since his departure from the US Open
He is adamant that no one will play there unless they are vaccinated, regardless of whether the Canberra government would allow someone to enter the country during a quarantine period.
While it is not just Medvedev and Djokovic, they are among the players who have declined to say whether they were attacked or not. The number of unvaccinated tennis players appears to be declining, but at least 25% are still believed to fall into that category.
“I will decide whether or not to go after seeing the official statement from Tennis Australia,” said the world number one, who hinted that he cannot act alone. ‘I’ll see what I do personally with that and also with the largest group of players. Because the situation is obviously different in Australia than in most of the world. “
Given how firmly Andrews has established his position, it would require a major U-turn on his part for the non-voids to be able to play, regardless of what representations TA may be doing behind the scenes.
Medvedev, who practiced and spoke with Djokovic last week, was somewhat cryptic in his answer to the same question: ‘I am willing to play Australia, but I will not say if they will see me there, we will see in January,’ he said. “If you play Australia, you are obviously vaccinated. I keep my medical records for myself. ‘
Daniil Medvedev was cryptic when asked about his desire to play in Australia.
Djokovic has not played since what he admitted was a crushing loss in New York, but he will be busy this month playing in Paris, the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup Finals.
For British number one Cam Norrie, the next few days will most likely decide whether he becomes an unlikely qualifier for Italy in what appears to be a five horse race for two places, in which he starts near the rear. .
This afternoon he faces world number 41 Federico Delbonis in one of the friendliest early rounds, the Argentine having lost his last eight matches.
Realistically, he should be looking to reach the bottom eight in this week’s points-rich event, the penultimate tournament of the regular season. The recent Indian Wells champion may also have to trust that his rivals above him will fail early, unless he has another tear until the weekend.
Andy Murray has been given a wild card ahead of the French players, prompting some eyebrows locally, while Dan Evans is in action today against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares fought hard to qualify for the doubles in Turin when they defeated Andrey Golubev and Hugo Nys 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to win the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.
The British-Brazilian duo are in the eighth and final spot in the standings, but have a 530-point lead over their closest rivals, so they are in an excellent position to do so.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram have already qualified second, but were disappointed yesterday when they lost the final of the Vienna Open 6-4 6-2 to Colombians Juan Sebsastian Cabal and Robert Farah.