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Australian Open: Australian government warns tennis stars, ‘Get vaccinated if you want to play Australian Open’

Australian Open: Vaccination mandatory – Tennis players planning to compete in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park should get vaccinated for COVID-19 to give themselves the best chance of playing the Grand Slam, an Australian government official has said. Stefanos Tsitsipas is among the tennis stars who have refused to take Covid-19 vaccination. For more sports news and Tennis updates, follow us at insidesport.in

Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, has introduced a vaccine mandate for all professional athletes but authorities have yet to clarify whether athletes from overseas or other Australian states must also vaccinate.

Australian Open: Australian government warns tennis stars, ‘Get vaccinated if you want to play Australian Open’

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Australian Open:  Victoria sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to leave no room for doubt.

“If I was an ATP or WTA player, I’d be getting vaccinated. That will give them the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open with the more minimal restrictions that might be in place for those people,” Pakula told local radio station SEN.

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates to the crowd after his straight sets victory against Adrian Mannarino of France in their first round match on Day 5 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 08, 2021 in Indian Wells, California.

Both the women’s WTA and men’s ATP tours have urged players to get vaccinated but some have expressed reservations, including Australian Open men’s champion Novak Djokovic, who is opposed to vaccine mandates.

Australian Open: Australian government warns tennis stars, ‘Get vaccinated if you want to play Australian Open’

Tennis Australia, which organises the Grand Slam, has not disclosed any arrangements for players for the upcoming tournament in January.

But fully vaccinated players are expected to enjoy more freedoms to move around and may be able to avoid the country’s mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Australia’s borders remain effectively shut to non-residents, and Pakula said he did not know whether unvaccinated people would be allowed to enter the country by the time of the Australian Open which starts Jan. 17.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is amongst the tennis stars who have refused Covid-19 vaccination

Australian Open: Australian government warns tennis stars, ‘Get vaccinated if you want to play Australian Open’

“That’s going to be the subject, I suspect, of discussion at national cabinet and amongst the federal cabinet,” he said.

Australian Open: “As for the rules that might apply around the Australian Open, specifically, we’re in discussions with Tennis Australia and the department of health about that.”

Melbourne has been locked down for months as authorities battle to control an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant while rolling out vaccinations. Victoria will lift some lockdown restrictions when 70% of adults are fully vaccinated, which should be late-October according to official projections.

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