Novak Djokovic, the world number one, and all other tennis players must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to participate in the Australian Open in January, tournament chief Craig Tiley reported on Saturday. “There is a lot of speculation about vaccination and just to be clear, when the (state) prime minister announced that everyone on site must be vaccinated, we made that clear to the player group.”
Djokovic has so far refused to disclose whether he has been vaccinated. He wanted to wait for the health rules that apply to the tennis tournament before making a decision about participating. “We would love to have Novak here, he knows he has to be vaccinated to play here,” Tiley told reporters at the tournament’s launch.
For months there has been uncertainty about the conditions that apply to participate in the Australian Open. It was expected that unvaccinated tennis players would first have to quarantine for two weeks, but with Tiley’s announcement, they appear to be unwelcome.
Djokovic shares the record of twenty grand slam titles in men’s singles with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He has already won the tournament in Melbourne nine times and would come out on top with a tenth victory. Federer is missing from the Australian Open due to a knee injury, the vaccinated Nadal is present.
The first grand slam tournament of the year for tennis players starts on January 17 and ends on January 30.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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