The head of Tennis Australia announced during the official presentation of the Australian Open about the sanitary rules that will apply to the first Grand Slam event of the year. It is clear that you need to be vaccinated to be in Victoria in order to be in the state of Victoria. Tiley said.
So what about Novak Djokovic? A month ago, in an interview with the Serbian newspaper “Blić”, he said that he would not reveal whether he was vaccinated. “I don’t want my words to be used against me someday,” he said. In spring, he said that he “hopes that athletes’ vaccination will not be compulsory.”
The ATP leader of the ranking also said that his manager is in constant contact with Tennis Australian, and that the final decision to start in Melbourne will be made when the official announcement is made. Perhaps he will comment on this at the conference after Saturday’s ATP Finals semi-final in Turin, where his opponent will be Alexander Zverev (broadcast of the tournament in Polsat Sport).
Tiley makes it clear. – We’re waiting for Novak Djokovic. There is a lot of speculation on this. This is a personal matter for Novak, we hope he will be here. The good news is that most players are vaccinated, said the director of the Australian Open.
The Serb has won the tournament in Melbourne nine times, is the leader of the ATP rankings and is still fighting for a record number of victories in Grand Slam tournaments. He has won the top 20 so far, as have Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It would be a great loss for him to resign from the Australian Open.
Craig Tiley added that the tournament will be held with fans, vaccinated of course. There will be no attendance limits for the audience. Discussions on the Covid protocol for fans are ongoing. It is most likely that fans will only need to wear masks at stores located at the Melbourne Park facility.
The Australian Open Main Event begins on January 17th. The men’s final will take place on January 30th. A novelty in the tournament schedule are the dates of the semi-final matches. Both matches are scheduled for the evening session for ladies on Thursday evening (January 27), and for men for Friday, January 28 (so far they have been split over two days).