Unvaccinated stars can’t play Open

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Novak Djokovic
Defending males’s champion Novak Djokovic has mentioned he doesn’t wish to reveal his vaccination standing

Unvaccinated gamers is not going to be allowed to compete on the 2022 Australian Open, says match director Craig Tiley.

Defending males’s champion Novak Djokovic has mentioned he doesn’t wish to reveal his vaccination standing publicly.

“Novak is aware of he should be vaccinated to play,” Tiley mentioned.

“We might like to have him right here.”

Tiley additionally confirmed that the match, which runs from 17-30 January in Melbourne, could be performed in entrance of capability crowds.

Djokovic, 34, may win a report twenty first males’s main title if he performs at Melbourne Park, the place he’s a nine-time champion.

Final month, the Serb mentioned he was unsure if he would play, including he was ready for affirmation from Tiley earlier than making a call.

Talking earlier this week on the season-ending ATP Tour finals in Turin, Djokovic mentioned: “The liberty of selection is important for everybody, not simply whether or not it is it is me or any person else, it would not actually matter.

“Whether or not it is vaccination or anything in life, it is best to have the liberty to decide on, to resolve what you wish to do on this specific case, what you wish to put in your physique.”

Newest figures present 80 of the highest 100 males’s gamers have now been vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19.

Almost 80% of the highest 100 girls’s gamers have additionally acquired the vaccination, with the determine together with all of the gamers who competed within the singles and doubles finally week’s WTA Finals in Guadalajara.

The WTA gamers’ council sent a letter to players in October stating it had been informed all rivals would have the ability to journey to Melbourne.

The letter additionally acknowledged that each one gamers, no matter vaccination standing, must present proof of a damaging take a look at inside 72 hours of departure.

Nevertheless, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews mentioned in October that he didn’t assume an unvaccinated tennis participant could be given a visa to enter Australia.

Australia has had a number of the strictest restrictions on journey and motion throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Gamers, officers and help workers who travelled for the 2021 match had been required to finish a 14-day quarantine interval on their arrival in Australia.

Some weren’t allowed to go away their lodge rooms after coronavirus instances had been detected on their flights, main them to arrange makeshift practices of their rooms.

England’s males’s cricket staff, who’re at present in Australia for the Ashes, spent two weeks in quarantine at a Gold Coast resort earlier than they may start absolutely their preparations.

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