Novak Djokovic and tennis players urged for vaccination ahead of 2022 Australian Open by Victoria official


Tennis players have been urged to get vaccinated if they are to give themselves the best chance of playing at the Australian Open in January.

The state of Victoria, where the Grand Slam will take place from January 17 to 30, has introduced a vaccination mandate for all professional athletes, although it has not been clarified whether overseas athletes must also be vaccinated.

It has been reported that vaccination rates on the ATP circuit are 65%, while those on the WTA circuit are 60%.

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World number 1 Novak Djokovic is among those who have yet to confirm whether he has been vaccinated, having been skeptical in the past, but Victoria Sports Minister Martin Pakula has said players should not let go no room for doubt.

“If I was an ATP or WTA player, I would get the shot,” Pakula told local radio. SEN. “It will give them the best opportunity to play at the Australian Open with the most minimal restrictions that could be in place for these people.

“Last year, all of these players had to do their 14-day quarantine. Right now it looks like there will be different rules for people entering this country who are vaccinated versus unvaccinated and I don’t think tennis will be an exception to that.

“Whether or not unvaccinated non-citizens are allowed in is something that remains to be determined in this national sense.

“Regarding the rules that apply to people entering Australia, if unvaccinated people are allowed to enter, I don’t have the answer to that yet. This will be the subject of discussions within the national cabinet and within the federal cabinet… these rules are not set by state governments.

Current Australian rules state that all international travelers entering the country must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility.

Instead of being quarantined at the hotel like this year, players are expected to will be in bio-secure bubbles, which will allow them a little more freedom.

The 2021 Australian Open regulations frustrated some players as they couldn’t train as much as they wanted and had to spend most of their time in their hotel rooms.

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