Sports

Daniil Medvedev supports Novak Djokovic over Australian Open vaccine stance

Russian superstar Daniil Medvedev has publicly supported Novak Djokovic over his refusal to reveal his vaccination status ahead of the Australian Open

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Daniil Medvedev wins US Open to deny Novak Djokovic calendar Grand Slam

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev has backed Novak Djokovic and insisted players should not be forced to reveal their vaccination status ahead of the Australian Open.

Victoria’s sports minister recently insisted players may not be allowed to play at the Melbourne Grand Slam if they are not vaccinated – and confirmed sportspeople will not be awarded special exemptions.

Djokovic, the world number one, refused to reveal whether he has received the vaccine, casting doubt over his participation at the season curtain raiser in Melbourne.

Medvedev defeated Djokovic in the US Open final last month, denying the Serb the Calendar Slam, but he supported his rival’s stance.



Daniil Medvedev reached the last 16 before losing to Grigor Dimitrov at Indian Wells after winning the US Open
(

Image:

Getty Images)




“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,” said Medvedev. “And that’s really scary.

“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.”

The win over Djokovic at Flushing Meadows allowed the Russian to lift his first Grand Slam title.

Do you think Novak Djokovic should reveal his vaccination status? Let us know in the comments section.



Novak Djokovic has refused to reveal whether he has been vaccinated or not – a stance supported by Daniil Medvedev
(

Image:

REUTERS)




He, like Djokovic, will not reveal whether he has been vaccinated or not – but declared that fans will see who is vaccinated and who isn’t once the tournament starts.

“I liked what Novak said about this. He said the vaccination was a personal matter and he would not be making it public,” the 25-year-old added. “And I also decided not to disclose medical things.

“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.”

Australia’s borders have been shut to non-residents through the pandemic, although authorities have awarded visas to athletes and sports staff for major events, including the last Australian Open in February. Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, has been locked down since August as authorities scrambled to contain an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant.









Restrictions for the city’s 5 million people will be eased from Friday when 70% of the adult population in Victoria is expected to be fully vaccinated. Unfortunately for Djokovic, unvaccinated people will remain barred from sports events along with restaurants, pubs and other parts of the economy.

Reports emerged that approximately 50 per cent of ATP and WTA tour players had been fully vaccinated prior to the US Open in August.

Players were required to undertake two weeks quarantine at the 2021 Australian Open, but have been able to undertake international travel relatively freely throughout the year.

The 2022 Australian Open will take place between January 17-30.


Read More





Read More







Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button