It’s an indication of the instances, although, that he is pondering extra about his well being than successful a debut slam, given the way in which the continuing coronavirus pandemic continues to affect worldwide journey.
Medvedev, the newly topped ATP Finals champion, tells CNN Sport he’s “really uncertain” about his Australian Open plans.
Players is not going to be allowed to reach in Australia any sooner than January 1, with the newest coronavirus laws in Victoria — the state through which the Australian Open is held — outlining that any new arrivals would nonetheless must endure the obligatory 14-day quarantine.
With the event at the moment scheduled to start on January 18, that would depart gamers little or no time to organize bodily after being confined to a resort room for 2 weeks.
“I’m going to go to Australia when we can to avoid any circumstances that would change your mind about competing there,” Medvedev instructed CNN’s Christina Macfarlane.
“If, for instance, you weren’t able to compete or to train during quarantine just ahead of the tournament, I don’t think the tournament is going to happen.
“[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 least from what was said before, we would be able to practice on tennis courts and practice physically, which is really important. I don’t think it’s going to be possible for anybody to go there [if they] will need to stay in the room for 14 days.”
There had been stories the event might be pushed again so far as February or March, however organizers mentioned in a press release to Reuters that this was “pure speculation.”
Australian Open organizers and the ATP didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark.
Whenever the Australian Open does finally go forward, Medvedev will rightly see himself as one of many favorites to carry the trophy.
From November 2019 to October 2020, the Russian didn’t beat a single high 10 participant. In the final 4 weeks, which noticed him win the Paris Masters as properly the ATP Finals, Medvedev has overwhelmed seven.
“I actually didn’t know this this information, so it’s funny to hear,” Medvedev mentioned. “I know that I’m capable of playing great tennis and I didn’t know that I didn’t beat any top 10 player for such a long time … I was surprised!
“But it is nice that these two tournaments that I received, all the pieces got here collectively. Some nice matches, nice opponents. I imply, within the Masters you solely play high 10 opponents, you don’t have any selection. There isn’t any simple draw right here. So it is simply actually nice. I’m completely satisfied about this.
“Tennis is a game with, I would say, a lot of mentality and confidence involved. Sometimes you feel that you cannot miss a shot. So then you start thinking: ‘OK, do I go down the line or cross?’ And that’s the only thing you think about. And when you are in doubt, when you’re not playing so well, that’s when you start to think more.”
Still solely 24 years outdated, Medvedev is a part of the ‘Next Gen’ group of stars that have been supposed to finish the hegemony of the present “Big Three” of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
However, with none of that group capable of win a grand slam within the presence of not less than one of many “Big Three” — Djokovic was disqualified within the latest US Open received by Dominic Thiem — their credentials on the largest stage proceed to be questioned.
Medvedev grew to become 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 attempting to win his maiden grand slam on the Australian Open.
“That is of course a goal for every tennis player, to win a grand slam,” he mentioned. “I think it’s one of the biggest achievements you can have in tennis. Dominic got it this year, I cannot imagine how happy for this one.
“But I all the time say that I work my finest in follow, on the tennis court docket after I play matches, after I play towards different gamers training or doing bodily workout routines, enhancing my physique, and that is how the victories can come.
“So hopefully I can have some big moments in my career, including a victory in a Grand Slam, but we never know how it’s going to go — and of course, victories against the three biggest players in the world right now helps a lot.”