After defending Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev was taken aback by the Australian Open vaccine decision.

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After defending Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev was’surprised’ by the Australian Open vaccine decision.

Daniil Medvedev admitted that the timing of the organisers’ decision to require full vaccination for all players competing in the 2022 Australian Open threw him off.

Daniil Medvedev expressed his “surprise” at the recent announcement by the Australian Open that all players must be vaccinated in order to compete.

In recent months, government officials had pushed for a vaccine mandate, but Tennis Australia only confirmed the decision on Saturday (November 20).

It casts doubt on the participation of defending champion Novak Djokovic in the season-opening Grand Slam in January.

For months, there had been talk of a vaccine mandate at the Australian Open, as the Victoria Premier had refused to allow unjabbed players into the state.

Djokovic, the nine-time Australian Open champion, has previously refused to reveal his vaccination status in the name of medical privacy.

Last month, the world No. 1 told Serbian newspaper Blic that he wasn’t sure if he’d try to defend his title at the tournament next year, but he later told reporters at the Paris Masters that he wouldn’t say anything until a final decision was made.

On Saturday (November 20), Craig Tiley, the head of Tennis Australia and the tournament director for the Australian Open, confirmed that all players wishing to compete in the season-opening Major would need to show proof of full vaccination.

“There’s a lot of speculation about vaccination, and just to be clear, we made that clear to the playing group when the [state]Premier announced that everyone on site will need to be vaccinated,” said Tennis Australia’s CEO.

Even for the nine-time champion, Tiley confirmed that there would be no exceptions to the rule.

“[Novak] has said that this is a personal matter for him,” he continued.

We’d love to have Novak here, but he’s aware that he’ll need to be vaccinated to play.”

Daniil Medvedev, the runner-up in the 2020 Australian Open, has spoken out about the decision to make vaccination mandatory.

“I always said it, that I really like Novak’s answer about this,” the world No. 2 previously said of Djokovic’s stance on a potential vaccine mandate.

I want to keep my medical records, whether it’s for a vaccine, a leg injury, or a head injury.

I’d like to.

“News from the Brinkwire.”

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