New doubts for the Australian Open 2022


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New doubts for the Australian Open 2022

Doubts remain. Questions have been raised again regarding unvaccinated tennis players and whether they will be able to participate in the Australian Open after statements by local authorities.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that those tennis players without vaccine applications could enter Australia to play. However, entry into the country would depend on the state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne, requesting exemptions.

But Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has indicated that the status will not apply. “On behalf of all vaccinated Victorians who have done the right thing, my government will not request an exemption for any unvaccinated player,” Andrews said. “If we do not request an exemption, then no exemption will be granted and then the whole problem will be solved,” he announced, as explained. BBC.

Meanwhile, this week, WTA players were informed that it seemed likely that those without a vaccine would be able to play in the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2022 season.

Even, as he was able to find out ESPNTenis.comAt the ATP level, it was reported that the chance to carry out the qualifying preliminary phase in Australia itself remains open, which would rule out Abu Dhabi or Dubai as the venue.

A letter distributed by the WTA Players Council stated that Tennis Australia thought entry rules would “be significantly improved” and that those who were not vaccinated would be allowed to enter Australia, but they face two weeks of strict quarantine and periodic tests.

Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 and nine-time Australian Open champion, told Blic that he did not want to reveal his vaccination status and did not confirm his presence.

“I am following the situation in Australia and from what I understand the final decision of the Australian Government and Tennis Australia will be in two weeks, so it is the first or second week of November. I do not think conditions are going to change. a lot in relation to what we already know. As was the case this year, there will be many restrictions, “he said.

With Australia’s borders still closed to non-citizens without an exemption, entry remains under strict controls. Melbourne fully reopened last week for the first time during the pandemic.


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