Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open, announced the official decision to participate in the tournament. He informed that only tennis players vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to play in Melbourne.
PAP / EPA / DEAN LEWINS / In the photo: Novak Djoković, Australian Open champion 2021
The saga of unvaccinated tennis players at the Australian Open 2022 had been going on for several weeks. In October, Daniel Premier, the prime minister of Victoria, announced that he would only allow players who had taken two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to perform in Melbourne.
Craig Tiley, the tournament director in Melbourne, did not speak up for a long time. On Saturday, he finally presented the official information. He announced that only fully vaccinated tennis players would be allowed to participate in the Australian Open and all other events to be held in Australia in January.
“Everyone on site – fans, staff and tennis players – will need to be vaccinated to attend the Australian Open,” Tiley said on Channel 9.
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– When the prime minister announced that in order to come to Victoria you must be fully vaccinated, we immediately told the tennis players that this was the only direction that should be taken and that would ensure everyone’s safety. We are in a state where 90 percent. residents are vaccinated. They did a great job here. It is right, he added.
This decision means that many famous tennis players may be missing from the Australian Open 2022. It is not known whether the leader and runner-up of the ATP ranking, Novak Djoković and Danił Medvedev, will be admitted to the tournament. Both recently asked if they were vaccinated, they declined to answer on the grounds of privacy.
When asked about Djokovic’s absence from the 2022 Australian Open, Tiley replied, “There has been a lot of speculation around Novak’s position. He publicly insisted that this was his private affair. We’d love to see Novak here, but he knows he needs to be vaccinated in order to play.
The Australian Open 2022 will be held on January 17-30.
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