World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev doesn't want to reveal his vaccination status but he acknowledged that he plans to play at the Australian Open. Victoria Premier Dan Andrews announced that players who want to play at the Australian Open in 2022 will have to show the proof of being vaccinated.
Medvedev enjoyed a strong run at the Australian Open this year but failed to win the title as he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final. "It's a personal thing. I am not going to discuss my medical issues," Medvedev said.
"But I am prepared to play the Australian Open and will even do 2 weeks quarantine if needed."
Andrews sent a clear message to Medvedev, Djokovic and the whole Tour
“[Grand slam] titles won’t protect you,” Victoria Premier Andrews said when asked by reporters.
“The only title that will protect you is you being able to have had your first dose and second dose. “Logic, and numerous conversations with the Prime Minister, tells me that if you are an Australian citizen, you will be allowed home if you haven’t had the jab.
"But if you’re coming on a tourist visa or a business visa, so you’re not an Aussie, like, you are coming to visit, the notion of you getting in here without being vaccinated, I thinks very, very low."
Medvedev, who is seeded at No. 1 in the Indian Wells main draw, made an interesting claim before the start of this year's event. "Usually I don't like the conditions here. But I felt good last year, just before the pandemic, because we were all here to prepare for the tournament.
And I was playing amazingly. I had lost a few games just before Indian Wells. So I was well prepared and I was playing amazingly in practice. I was destroying everyone but the tournament was canceled. I said to myself maybe it was my year for Indian Wells,” Medvedev claimed “Their high level is very similar; the problem is their low average level.