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MELBOURNE: World primary Novak Djokovic and all different gamers must be vaccinated towards COVID-19 to compete within the Australia Open subsequent January, event chief Craig Tiley stated on Saturday.
Djokovic has declined to reveal whether or not he’s vaccinated and stated that he would wait till Tennis Australia revealed the well being protocols earlier than he decided about enjoying at Melbourne Park.
“There’s loads of hypothesis about vaccination and simply to be actually clear, when the (state) Premier introduced that everybody on website … will have to be vaccinated … we made that clear to the enjoying group,” Tiley informed reporters on the event launch.
“(Novak) has stated that he views this as a non-public matter for him. We might like to see Novak right here, he is aware of that he’ll should be vaccinated to play right here.”

The announcement brings to a definitive conclusion months of negotiations between Tennis Australia and the Victoria state authorities, which had insisted all through that everyone at Melbourne Park would have to be vaccinated.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison had opened a window for unvaccinated gamers when he stated that they’d be allowed into the nation in the event that they served 14 days quarantine and Victoria state utilized for an exemption.
Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews shortly made it clear that no exemptions can be searched for unvaccinated gamers.
Djokovic shares the report of 20 males’s Grand Slam singles titles with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer and shall be seeking to break that tie by successful a tenth Australian Open title if he decides to play in January.
Nadal confirmed he would play at Melbourne Park in January however Federer, who just like the Spaniard can also be absolutely vaccinated, will miss the event as he recovers from one other knee surgical procedure.
Tiley stated round 80% of the participant cohort have been now vaccinated and would play in entrance of capability crowds in all stadiums when the Grand Slam event begins on Jan. 17.

That could be a distinction with final yr’s event, which was performed in entrance of restricted crowds and generally empty stands by gamers who had practically all undergone resort quarantine.
Tiley confirmed a number of the discipline for the ladies’s singles draw led by Serena Williams, who may tie Margaret Courtroom’s report of 24 Grand Slam singles titles with an eighth Melbourne Park triumph.
Naomi Osaka, who has not performed for the reason that U.S. Open, has additionally confirmed that she shall be in Melbourne with world primary Ash Barty, U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez additionally within the discipline, Tiley stated.
Victoria state sports activities minister Martin Pakula additionally introduced that Melbourne Park would host the Australian Open till 2044 beneath a brand new deal negotiated with Tennis Australia.

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