The Australian Open seems to have started a few weeks ago: the preparations and organization of the tournament, which will always be the first Grand Slam of the season, have created quite a few controversies on the part of athletes and professionals, especially regarding compulsory vaccination. and on the much earlier arrival on the oceanic continent than the start dates. The concrete indiscretions from Australia have absolutely not convinced the tennis players, especially from the ATP circuit, who have had their say over the last few days on the strict measures that will most likely be established. On some details, the official decisions will be announced around the end of October or early November, but there are already practically certain advances: to enter the State of Victoria, everyone (including sportsmen) must have received the two anti-Covid administrations. Several players have already stated that they want to adapt, and therefore vaccinate, should this compromise their participation in the AO, including Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev. Opposing ideas instead of Novak Djokovic, who stated that he did not want to publicly reveal whether he will receive the serum or not and in a recent interview confirmed that he is not sure of taking part in the Australian competition. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have dominated tennis for nearly two decades, winning a whopping 60 Grand Slams among them. While some reckon that their continued dominance has taken tennis to greater heights, Teymuraz Gabashvili believes it has been “very bad” for the sport.
Gabashvili opens up on the Big 3
During a recent interview with Punto de Break, the Russian was asked to elaborate on the changes that could occur on the tour once Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer call it a day. “It’s good for me, but it’s good now,” he added. “For 20 years we only had three players, this is very bad. The popularity of tennis decreases when they always win, people get overwhelmed, they want something new but it doesn’t happen because they are too good, that’s when the problems come.” That said, the former World No. 43 firmly believes that Medvedev will be World No. 1 once Djokovic and Nadal call it a career, as the Russian has proven to be better than the other players in his age group. “The day they (Djokovic and Nadal) are not there, I have no doubt that he will be No. 1, so far it has already managed to be a little better than the (Alexander) Zverev, Rublev and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas,” said the Russian.