that of Novak Djokovic impressive record at open from Australia could be in danger after state officials announced on Wednesday that any tennis player wishing to participate in the Grand Slam must be fully immunized.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio that participants will need both doses of the vaccine in order to participate – a measure that applies to anyone trying to enter the country.
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“You will need to be double vaccinated to visit Australia,” Hawke said via Reuters. “It’s a universal app, not just for tennis players. I mean every visitor to Australia will need to be doubly vaccinated.”
Djokovic, who has won nine Australian Open titles, including the last three, told local Serbian media on Monday that he will have to see what the tournament rules are before he can make the decision to attend or not. .
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He refused to disclose his vaccine status but seemed passionate about the confidentiality of his decision.
“I will not disclose my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate investigation,” he said. “People go too far these days in taking the liberty of asking questions and judging a person. Whatever you say ‘Yes, no, maybe, I think about it’, they will take advantage.”
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With the possibility that the sport’s biggest name will be missing from the event, Hawke held on to his message: “I have no message for Novak. I have a message for anyone wishing to visit Australia. He should be double vaccinated. “
According to Tennis Australia, details of the international players “have yet to be decided”.