US Open champion Daniil Medvedev says he agrees with Novak Djokovic’s notion that tennis players should not be forced to reveal whether they are vaccinated against Covid-19.
There is doubt over whether Djokovic will be defending his Australian Open crown next year, as the world No 1 refused to reveal in an interview with Blic Sport whether he was vaccinated.
This comes after an Australian government official said only vaccinated players would be allowed entry into Melbourne for the year’s first Grand Slam.
“There is a lot of division in the society, not only in sports, but in the whole society, between those who have not been vaccinated and have been vaccinated. And that’s really scary,” Medvedev said this week.
“That we fell for discriminating against someone if he wants to decide for himself one way or another, whether he wants to be vaccinated or not.
“I am very disappointed with the world society at this moment and the way in which the media transmit and put pressure on all people.
“There is too much ambiguity, too much information that is not valid, so it turns out that it is, so it is not, everything changes a lot.”
Medvedev, who beat Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open final to claim his first Grand Slam, told reporters at the Kremlin Cup In Moscow he “liked” the view of his rival.
“I liked what Novak said about this. He said the vaccination was a personal matter and he would not be making it public. And I also decided not to disclose medical things,” Medvedev added.
The Russian, though, hinted that he would likely be vaccinated if that was require to play the Australian Open.
“As for Australia: everyone will see who is vaccinated and who is not. Of course, the players can say that they are injured, but this will be a play on words.
“I want to play in Australia, that’s all I can say.”
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Picture: Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev – US Open Tennis/Twitter