‘Many people died during the pandemic’ – Daniil Medvedev finally breaks silence on Novak Djokovic controversy at US Open

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic recently won his 21st Grand Slam title. He successfully defended the Wimbledon title for the third time in a row. However, the year was not good for the Serb. He was previously unable to compete in the Australian Open due to his resistance to the Covid-19 vaccination.

After regaining momentum at Wimbledon, the 21-time Grand Slam champion could have done well at the US Open as well. However, per US government guidelines, he will not be performing at Flushing Meadows.


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Many well-known figures in the country are writing petitions to allow the Serb to take part in the tournament. However, defending US Open champion Daniil Medvedev believes that bending the rules for an individual will not be the right choice.

Daniil Medvedev on Djokovic’s vaccination row

World number one Daniil Medvedev believes allowing an unvaccinated Djokovic to enter the tournament will not be the right message. “If we change the rules, there will be those who will rebel. Because they are forbidden to enter the country, they cannot work.” he said.

He further added, “I don’t want to talk about the reasons for these decisions because many people died during the pandemic.”


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Daniel Medvedev defeated Djokovic in the 2021 US Open final to win the title. He later made it to the final of the Australian Open, where he lost Rafael Nadal. The Russian had to sit out the 2022 Wimbledon Championships as the hosts didn’t allow Russian and Belarusian players to take part in the tournament.

Novak Djokovic withdraws from the Canadian Open

Djokovic was due to play the Canadian Open in preparation for the upcoming US Open. However, the 35-year-old has pulled out of the tournament.


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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 1, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his quarterfinal match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

He took this step because Canada does not allow unvaccinated travelers into the country. The Serb will now prepare to compete at the 2022 US Open if he can get clearance to play in the tournament.

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While the fans have rallied behind the Serb, it will be interesting to see what the final decision will be. For now, it looks like the 21-time Grand Slam champion will miss his second Grand Slam this year.

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