Australian Open might be ‘actually harmful’ for tennis gamers, says ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev

It is a signal of the instances, although, that he is pondering extra about his well being than profitable a debut slam, given the way in which the continuing coronavirus pandemic continues to impression worldwide journey.

Medvedev, the newly topped ATP Finals champion, tells CNN Sport he’s “actually unsure” about his Australian Open plans.

Gamers is not going to be allowed to reach in Australia any sooner than January 1, with the newest coronavirus rules in Victoria — the state during which the Australian Open is held — outlining that any new arrivals would nonetheless must bear the obligatory 14-day quarantine.

With the match at the moment scheduled to start on January 18, that would go away gamers little or no time to organize bodily after being confined to a lodge room for 2 weeks.

“I will go to Australia once we can to keep away from any circumstances that might change your thoughts about competing there,” Medvedev advised CNN’s Christina Macfarlane.

“If, as an illustration, you were not in a position to compete or to coach throughout quarantine simply forward of the match, I do not suppose the match goes to occur.

Daniil Medvedev beat Dominic Thiem to win the ATP Finals.

“[I’m] not complaining that it is boring or one thing like this, it is simply that going out from the room after 14 days of not doing something and [then] taking part in 5 units immediately, I believe could be actually harmful for the well being of any sportsman.

“At the very least from what was stated earlier than, we’d have the ability to observe on tennis courts and observe bodily, which is absolutely necessary. I do not suppose it’ll be doable for anyone to go there [if they] might want to keep within the room for 14 days.”

Dan Andrews, the Victorian Premier, stated this weekend he was “very assured” the Australian Open would happen “within the early a part of subsequent 12 months,” however admitted the precise dates had been nonetheless to be confirmed.

There had been studies the match might be pushed again so far as February or March, however organizers stated in a press release to Reuters that this was “pure hypothesis.”

Australian Open organizers and the ATP didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark.


Each time the Australian Open does ultimately go forward, Medvedev will rightly see himself as one of many favorites to raise the trophy.

From November 2019 to October 2020, the Russian didn’t beat a single high 10 participant. Within the final 4 weeks, which noticed him win the Paris Masters as properly the ATP Finals, Medvedev has crushed seven.

“I really did not know this this data, so it is humorous to listen to,” Medvedev stated. “I do know that I am able to taking part in nice tennis and I did not know that I did not beat any high 10 participant for such a very long time … I used to be stunned!

Medvedev's recent run of form also saw him clinch the Paris Masters.

“Nevertheless it’s nice that these two tournaments that I received, all the things got here collectively. Some nice matches, nice opponents. I imply, within the Masters you solely play high 10 opponents, you haven’t any alternative. There isn’t a simple draw right here. So it is simply actually nice. I am glad about this.

“Tennis is a recreation with, I’d say, loads of mentality and confidence concerned. Generally you are feeling that you simply can’t miss a shot. So then you definitely begin pondering: ‘OK, do I’m going down the road or cross?’ And that is the one factor you consider. And when you find yourself unsure, if you’re not taking part in so properly, that is if you begin to suppose extra.”

Nonetheless solely 24 years previous, Medvedev is a part of the ‘Subsequent Gen’ group of stars that had been supposed to finish the hegemony of the present “Massive Three” of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Nevertheless, with none of that group in a position to win a grand slam within the presence of at the least one of many “Massive Three” — Djokovic was disqualified within the latest US Open received by Dominic Thiem — their credentials on the most important stage proceed to be questioned.

Medvedev turned the primary man in historical past to beat the highest three seeds en path to the ATP Finals title, one thing he believes will stand him in good stead when making an attempt to win his maiden grand slam on the Australian Open.

Daniil Medvedev's win over Dominic Thiem was the longest final in ATP Finals history.

“That’s after all a purpose for each tennis participant, to win a grand slam,” he stated. “I believe it is one of many largest achievements you may have in tennis. Dominic acquired it this 12 months, I can’t think about how glad for this one.

“However I all the time say that I work my greatest in observe, on the tennis courtroom once I play matches, once I play towards different gamers working towards or doing bodily workout routines, enhancing my physique, and that is how the victories can come.

“So hopefully I can have some massive moments in my profession, together with a victory in a Grand Slam, however we by no means understand how it’ll go — and naturally, victories towards the three largest gamers on this planet proper now helps rather a lot.”

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