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Australian Open 2022: unvaccinated players unable to participate in the Grand Slam


Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic said he did not want to reveal his vaccine status

Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete in the 2022 Australian Open, tournament director Craig Tiley has said.

Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic has said he does not want to publicly reveal his vaccination status.

“Novak knows he will need to be vaccinated to play,” Tiley said.

“We would love to have him here.”

Tiley also confirmed that the tournament, which will take place Jan. 17-30 in Melbourne, will be played in front of a large crowd.

Djokovic, 34, could win a record-breaking 21st major men’s title if he plays at Melbourne Park, where he is a nine-time champion.

Last month, the Serbian said he was unsure whether he would play, adding that he was waiting for Tiley’s confirmation before making a decision.

Speaking earlier this week at the season-end ATP Tour final in Turin, Djokovic said: “Freedom of choice is essential for everyone, not just me or someone else. ‘other, it doesn’t really matter.

“Whether it’s vaccination or anything else in life, you should have the freedom to choose, to decide what you want to do in that particular case, what you want to put in your body.”

The latest figures show that 80 of the top 100 male players have now been vaccinated against Covid-19. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has yet to provide BBC Sport with the vaccination percentage among its female players.

The WTA Player Council sent a letter to the players in October, stating that it had been said that all contestants could travel to Melbourne.

The letter also said that all players, regardless of their vaccination status, would have to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of departure.

However, Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said in October he did not believe an unvaccinated tennis player would receive a visa to enter Australia.

Australia has had some of the toughest travel and travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Players, officials and support staff who traveled for the 2021 tournament were required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Australia.

Some were not allowed to leave their hotel rooms after coronavirus cases were detected on their flights, leading them to implement makeshift practices in their rooms.

The England men’s cricket team, which are currently in Australia for the Ashes, spent two weeks in quarantine at a Gold Coast resort before they could fully begin their preparations.

Australian Open 2022: unvaccinated players unable to participate in the Grand SlamAustralian Open 2022: unvaccinated players unable to participate in the Grand Slam

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