Daniil Medvedev signals Australian Open start amid private vaccination status

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has indicated that he will play at the Australian Open in January, as speculation is mounting about the availability of champion Novak Djokovic.

Medvedev, beaten by Djokovic for the title in February, tweeted a photo of himself taking second place in Melbourne Park with the caption: “See you in January! @AustralianOpen”.

Medvedev had said in late October that he could not confirm that he would play the tournament in the southern state of Victoria, where authorities have said they will ban players who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Russian has refused to disclose his vaccination status and says he prefers to keep his medical information private, a position comparable to the world’s number 1 Djokovic.

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley declined to answer questions about the tournament regarding players’ vaccination status on Tuesday.

Medvedev and Djokovic have built an intriguing rivalry since the Australian Open decision, which the Serb won by a large margin.

Medvedev disrupted Djokovic’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title in the US Open final in September.

Djokovic overhauled Medvedev on Sunday, taking home a record-extending sixth Paris Masters title.

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