According to an email given to WTA players, unvaccinated tennis players may be allowed to go to Melbourne and compete in the Australian Open, despite earlier federal and state government recommendations.
Last week, Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, stated that players who are unvaccinated or refuse to disclose their immunization status will not be permitted to enter the country, putting world No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s participation in the January tournament in jeopardy.
The WTA Players Council has advised players on the women’s tour that they may be allowed to compete under certain conditions, including quarantining for 14 days, if they are unvaccinated. Victoria recently introduced a vaccination mandate for all professional athletes, but the WTA Players Council has advised players on the women’s tour that they may be allowed to compete under certain conditions, including quarantining for 14 days if they are unvaccinated.
Unvaccinated players would have to quarantine, come after December 1st, and produce a negative test result within 72 hours after departure, according to a leaked email to players. It would allow players like Djokovic, who has refused to reveal his vaccination status, to compete at the Melbourne Park Grand Slam.
source : guardian sport