New Twist Emerges in Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open Participation After Daniil Medvedev Comments

Published 11/12/2021, 2:53 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


With the 2021 ATP season coming to an end as the year-end championships begin from Sunday, the 2022 Australian Open has begun to raise interests among tennis fans as youngsters such as Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are expected to give tough fight to stalwarts like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

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Daniil Medvedev makes it clear regarding his participation at the 2022 Australian Open

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Few days ago, Medvedev confirmed his presence at the happy slam next year, indicating the tennis world that he was vaccinated. Now, days before the start of World Tour Finals, the Russian was asked the same question over his vaccination status.

I will be at the Australian Open. As I said, I decided from my career not to talk about my medical issues. [It’s] not only about vaccine, [it’s] about anything [that’s] actually about my body. But the thing about Australia is clear, anyone goes there is vaccinated”, revealed the Russian.

With few words, Medvedev not just confirmed his presence but also cleared speculations related to the Australian Open. In the near future, world no.1 is also expected to reveal his status for 2022 Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic might choose to announce his Melbourne participation the same way as Medvedev

Like the Russian, Djokovic might also take a similar route by updating fans that he will be traveling to Melbourne in January to play the tournament where he created staggering records.

Both Medvedev and Djokovic had intense battles this year. Their first meeting came at the Australian Open earlier this year, where the Serb thrashed the no.2 seed in straight sets.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Tournament winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia and runner up Daniil Medvedev of Russia pose for a photo holding their trophies after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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In an important final at the US Open where the Serb was chasing a record 21st slam title, the Russian held his nerves to come out on top against Djokovic and won his first-ever major title.

Besides these two finals, the battle between the top two players on the ATP tour became interesting because of the year-end no.1 scenario. After the heart-break in New York, many expected Djokovic to skip the rest of the season and start afresh at the Australian Open next year.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the trophy and celebrates winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

But, the Serb decided to make a comeback on tour to play Paris Masters and won it quite convincingly with a three-set win over Medvedev in the final. In all likelihood, there is yet another intriguing battle waiting to unfold at the year-end championships in Turin.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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