The director of Australian Open, Craig Tiley, confirmed this Saturday that will only accept in the tournament next January tennis players vaccinated against the Covid-19, which creates doubts about the presence of Novak Djokovic.
In an interview with the Australian Channel 9, Tiley said that weeks ago the authorities of the state of Victoria, where the tournament is held, announced the mandatory nature of the vaccine and this was communicated to the players.
The director of the tournament, which is played in Melbourne between January 17 and 30, 2022, thus put an end to rumors about the possibility that some players could participate without being vaccinated. “Our clients must be vaccinated; tAll Australian Open workers must be vaccinated“he added.
The current champion of the tournament and current number 1 in the world rankings, Novak Djokovic, is one of the tennis players who have avoided commenting on whether they are vaccinated or not.
In February this year, Australian Open players had to quarantine before playing in the tournament, but in the next edition the vaccine is mandatory.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself caused confusion last month by suggesting that tennis players can request an exemption from the rule and carry out a quarantine if they are not vaccinated in order to participate in the Australian Open.
However, Victoria state authorities later stressed that all players must be vaccinated against covid-19.
Australia partially reopened its international borders on November 1, after closing them in March 2020, having reached the vaccination goal of 80 percent of the population.
During the pandemic Australia has canceled countless sporting events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix and MotoGP, as well as rugby, golf and popular horse racing tournaments, but since October it has already begun to allow the return of spectators to the sports stadiums in a staggered manner.