Djokovic Makes it Through Paris Quarters; Thiem Vaccinated for COVID-19
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
World number one Novak Djokovic has yet to reveal his vaccination status. He made it through the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters without breaking a sweat. Other tennis stars taking part in the tournament made it through the last eight in contrasting fashion. On the other hand, former US Open champion Dominic Thiem has revealed his vaccination status. He admitted that he had taken the jab as he prepares for the 2022 Australian Open. The admission of Thiem makes him a favorite by the best online tennis betting site for winning the first Grand Slam tournament for 2022 which will implement strict procedures for international athletes taking part in the event.
Djokovic Breezes Through
Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic made it through the last eight of the ATP Masters tournament. This was after Gael Monfils withdrew before their scheduled third-round tussle due to a groin injury. Monfils sustained the injury in his three-set win over Adrian Maannarino. With the win, the Serbian sets up a quarterfinal meeting with Taylor Fritz of the United States. Fritz eliminated British star Cameron Norrie in straight sets.
Also advancing were world number two Daniil Medvedev and fourth-ranked Alexander Zverev. Medvedev outplayed Sebastian Korda in three sets. As for Zverev, he needed two hours and 46 minutes to dispatch Grigor Dimitrov in a three-setter.
Casper Ruud likewise qualified in the last eight as he dismantled American qualifier Marcos Giron in straight sets. The victory allowed Ruud to secure a berth in the eight-man ATP Finals and become the first Norwegian to qualify for the event. It also gave him an opportunity to clash with Zverev in the quarterfinals. Hubert Hurkacz also advanced to the next round when he outclassed lucky loser Dominik Koepfer of Germany in three sets. The win sets up a mouthwatering clash with Australian James Duckworth, who defeated compatriot Alexei Popyrin in straight sets. Hugo Gaston became the last Frenchman standing in the tournament when he beat Spanish youngster Carlos Alcaraz in two sets. The win places Gaston in a clash with Medvedev for a spot in the semifinals. The winner of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament will earn valuable seeding points and a check worth EUR336,030 (USD390,000).
Thiem ‘Vaccinated’ for COVID-19 as 2022 Australian Open Looms
After a long hiatus, former US Open champion Dominic Thiem has confirmed his participation for the 2022 Australian Open and revealed that he has been vaccinated for coronavirus. Thiem, who in August was forced to withdraw from all competitions he is slated to compete to recover from an injured wrist, further stated that he will return in December to Abu Dhabi ahead of the Australian Open tournament set to take place in Melbourne on January 17-30.
The issue has been a hot topic in the sport’s circles with the host state Victoria declaring that there will be no special dispensation for players who have not been inoculated for the virus. This ruling rings a bell for nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic, who has refused to share his vaccination status. This casts doubt over whether he will defend the crown.
Thiem’s confirmation of his vaccination status raises the stakes for the Australian Open as there will be another title contender in the tournament that will possibly miss the services of Djokovic. The Austrian will be one of the favorites by sports oddsmakers to secure the Australian Open title aside from Medvedev, Zverev, and Tsitsipas.