Saturday, December 4, 2021

Unvaxxed players out of Australian Open, Novak Djokovic in trouble

The Australian Open has banned all unvaccinated players from attending the event in January, tournament boss Craig Tiley has confirmed.

Tiley’s declaration this morning dropped a bomb on the tennis world after weeks of swirling rumours about the tournament’s biosecurity measures.

The announcement leaves the status of defending champion Novak Djokovic in question.

The world No 1 has refused to reveal his vaccination status and earlier this month said he would not address the issue any further until Tennis Australia made a final decision on the restrictions in place for unvaccinated players.

That decision has now been made.

“Everyone on site, the fans, all the staff, the players, will need to be vaccinated,” Tiley said at the tournament’s official launch. “There’s been a lot of speculation about Novak’s position, he’s said it’s a private matter.

“We would love to see Novak here, but he knows he needs to be vaccinated in order to play. He’s always said that the Australian Open is the event that puts the wind in his sails.”

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