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Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic's vaccination status remains unknown heading into the 2022 Australian Open.
World No.2 Daniil Medvedev has committed to playing the Australian Open next year, but questions over his and Novak Djokovic's vaccination status remain unanswered. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Amid ongoing speculation over his Covid-19 vaccination status, tennis world No.2 Daniil Medvedev has confirmed he will attend the 2022 Australian Open.

The 25-year-old Russian star posted a photo on social media of himself with the runner-up trophy from the 2021 Australian Open, captioning it 'See you in January!'.

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Medvedev is one of a number of high profile tennis players whose vaccination status remains unknown.

He has previously indicated he supports world No.1 Novak Djokovic's stance over whether or not players should have to disclose whether they have been vaccinated or not.

It remains to be seen whether unvaccinated players will be permitted to compete at the Australian Open.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated in previous weeks that the government could potentially come to an arrangement to allow unvaccinated players to enter the country.

They would then be subject to strict quarantine and movement restrictions, however no plans have been made official at time of publishing.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has taken a harder line, saying on Tuesday it was unacceptable to him that citizens had done the right thing and get vaccinated, only to have wealthy athletes come in from overseas without being jabbed.

"I'm not going to have people sitting in the grandstands having done the right thing, only to have millionaire players that ought (to) be vaccinated running around the place being essentially at such higher risk of spreading this - getting it and giving it," he said.

"As far as the Australian Open goes, I'm not going to have unvaccinated people unable to buy a ticket while unvaccinated players move their way around Melbourne Park."

Australia has enforced strict measures throughout the pandemic, with Melbourne having been under lockdown on six occasions since March 2020.

The city only lifted its most recent restrictions towards the end of October.

Athletes arriving in Australia before last year's event had to go through a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine.

Medvedev still coy on vaccination after committing to Australian Open

Medvedev lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of this year's tournament, before turning the tables on the Serbian world No.1 in the US Open title decider to claim his maiden grand-slam crown.

He has won four titles in 2021, the Russian's US Open triumph denying Djokovic a rare clean sweep of the four majors in the same calendar year.

Djokovic and Medvedev met again on Sunday, with the world No.1 coming out on top to clinch his sixth Paris Masters title and a record 37th triumph at ATP 1000 events.

Medvedev had appeared non-committal about being vaccinated against COVID-19, which is likely to be a requirement for any player wishing to compete at the Australian Open.

He said he agreed with Djokovic's stance on player vaccination, arguing they should not have to disclose any medical information whatsoever.

"I really like Novak's answer about this. I want to keep my medical, no matter if it's about vaccine, leg injury, head injury … private for a reason," Medvedev said earlier in November.

"I feel like tennis is such a brutal sport, where you're always one-on-one, against your opponent, and any information you give him can go against you."

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has been reluctant to share whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19. (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has been reluctant to share whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19. (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, world No.5 Dominic Thiem has also confirmed he will compete at Melbourne Park next year, his first grand slam since suffering a wrist injury in June.

He hopes to return from injury at an invitational tournament in Abu Dhabi in December as he begins to tune up for Melbourne.

"I am very happy to announce that my recovery is going well," the 28-year-old Thiem wrote on social media, adding a scan "I did today showed that my wrist injury has improved significantly.

Thiem, the US Open champion in 2020, said he hoped to return to the full ATP Tour for the season-opening grand slam in Australia next year. He reached the final in Melbourne in 2020, losing to Novak Djokovic in a five-setter.

Thiem added: "Needless to say that the vaccine is needed to play both events, and in my case I have already been vaccinated. I saw recently some news about this and I had made it very clear that I would get vaccinated."

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