The season is not over yet but the guns are already pointing to the Australian Open 2022. Organizers and mainly leaders and health referents begin to think about the programming of the event and the protocols that must be fulfilled by the players in order to face the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
2021 was very controversial. The pandemic put the logistics of all tournaments in the world to the test: many decided to postpone them, some opted for quarantines, while others opted for the formation of bubbles. All of them generated discussions, they had their followers but also their detractors. However, new information would generate a new great controversy: mandatory vaccination?
The news announced by the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria, where Melbourne is located and the tournament takes place, endangers the participation of those players who are not inoculated against Covid-19. Fearing a new outbreak of the virus, Daniel Andrews made it clear that only those who have the corresponding vaccines will be able to work.
Sport is not except for it and that is why this measure raises the alerts. Many top-caliber tennis players (the most paradigmatic is that of Novak Djokovic) have questioned the obligation of vaccines, which suggests a tournament with some renowned casualties, also taking into consideration that the percentage of tennis players (men and women) vaccinated is very low.
This year, the Australian Open was played under strict restrictions, without an audience and with a lot of criticism in between. 2022 has not yet arrived but everything suggests months of much debate. If this measure and the obligation of the vaccine are confirmed, many will have to choose between inoculating or missing the Major Australian.
The tournament is under scrutiny and full of unknowns. In the same way, there is still the expectation that the government authorizes some special permission for athletes, which would unleash an internal dispute in the country, since many Australians strongly questioned that the contest has been carried out this year.