Daniel Medvedev said on Wednesday that it was “great news” that Russian and Belarusian players would be able to compete in the US Open this year, where they would defend the title. Russia’s world number one will be forced out of Wimbledon after a grassroots Grand Slam event banned him and his compatriots and Belarusians over an attack on Ukraine. But on Tuesday, US Open organizers announced that players from both countries would be able to compete in the Flushing Meadows under neutral flags.
Wimbledon kicks off on June 27, the US Open kicks off on August 29.
After winning his opening match of the Halle Grass Court Tournament 6-3, 6-2 against David Goffin, Medvedev said it was great news.
“I have always said that I will follow the rules and play where I can. I just want to show my best tennis.
“I am just happy to be able to defend my title. I have some wonderful memories from last year.
“It was a very special tournament for me.”
Medvedev won his first major title last September with a victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, which denied Serb a calendar Grand Slam.
The 26-year-old said he would try to play as much as possible during Wimbledon.
“I will definitely play against Mallorca next week, I want to defend this title,” added Medvedev, who lost to Tim van Rijthoven in the s-Hertogenbosch final last weekend.
“Without Wimbledon, I don’t need to keep my body safe and I can play three tournaments in a row.
“After that I will spend a few more days in Mallorca and then return to the south of France to train hard courts.
“I could add another tournament to my list, but I’m not sure yet.”
Medvedev has a poor record at Wimbledon, with his best effort in four matches with a run in the fourth round last year.
“The grass is a very hard surface physically,” he said. “Wimbledon is always on your mind. Right now, it’s easy for me to just have the tournament that’s important.”
Medvedev will play Belarusian Ilya Ivashka in the second round of the Halle on Thursday.
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