Tennis champion declares Aussie Open could be ‘really dangerous’

He might be basking in the joy of the biggest win of his career, but Daniil Medvedev’s thoughts have already turned to the first grand slam of 2021.

It’s a sign of the times, though, that he’s thinking more about his health than winning a debut slam, given the way the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to impact international travel.

Medvedev, the newly crowned ATP Finals champion, tells CNN Sport he is “really uncertain” about his Australian Open plans.

Players will not be allowed to arrive in Australia any earlier than January 1, with the latest coronavirus regulations in Victoria — the state in which the Australian Open is held — outlining that any new arrivals would still need to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

With the tournament currently scheduled to begin on January 18, that would leave players very little time to prepare physically after being confined to a hotel room for two weeks.

ATP Cup winner Daniil Medvedev says the tournament won’t be happening if players aren’t guaranteed enough preparation time. Credit: Getty

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