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Australian Open: Tennis players who are not vaccinated against Covid will not be able to play the Australian Open

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Australian Open: Tennis players who are not vaccinated against Covid will not be able to play the Australian Open

This decision taken by the tournament management raises doubts about the presence of Serbian Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic, current champion of the tournament and current number 1 in the world rankings.

The director of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, confirmed this Saturday that he will only accept in the tournament next January to tennis players vaccinated against Covid-19, which creates doubts about the presence of Novak Djokovic.

In an interview with Australian Channel 9, Tiley said that weeks ago the authorities of the state of Victoria, where the tournament is being held, announced the mandatory vaccination and so it was communicated to the players.

The director of the tournament, which takes place in Melbourne between January 17 and 30, 2022, put an end to rumors about the possibility that some players could participate without being vaccinated.

“Our clients must be vaccinated; all Australian Open workers must be vaccinated,” he added.

Reigning champion of the tournament and current No. 1 in the world rankings, Novak Djokovic, is one of the tennis players who have avoided commenting on whether they are vaccinated or not.

In February this year, Australian Open players had to quarantine before playing in the tournament, but in the next edition the vaccine is mandatory.

The Australian Prime Minister himself, Scott Morrison, pI rovoc confusion last month by suggesting that tennis players can apply for an exemption from the rule and quarantine themselves if they are not vaccinated in order to participate in the Australian Open.

However, Victoria state authorities later stressed that all players must be vaccinated against the Covid-19.

Australia partially reopened its international borders on November 1, after closing them in March 2020, having reached the vaccination goal of 80 percent of the population.

During the pandemic, Australia has canceled countless sporting events such as the Formula One and MotoGP Grand Prix, as well as rugby, golf and popular horse racing tournaments, but since October it has already begun to allow spectators to return to the sports stadiums of stepwise.



Reference from elmundo