Australian Open: Tennis Australia CEO says players must be vaccinated to play in grand slam
“It was very clear when the Prime Minister announced several weeks ago that in order to participate in the Australian Open, to enter Victoria, you will need to be fully vaccinated,” Tiley told Australian television channel Channel. 9 “The Today Show,” in reference to Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.
“Immediately we communicated that to the group of players. This is the only direction you are taking to keep everyone safe,” Tiley added as preparations for the first grand slam of the 2022 season begin in Melbourne.
“The whole group of players understands that. Our customers will need to be vaccinated, all staff working at the Australian Open need to be vaccinated. But when we are in a state where over 90% of the population is fully vaccinated. . That’s what you should do.”
Djokovic, who has not disclosed his vaccination status, has won the men’s Australian Open title nine times, a record.
“We expect Novak to come,” Tiley said. “The good news is that most tennis players, both men and women, are fully immunized.
“Novak, like he said before, it’s a private matter for him… He always said the Australian Open is the hottest event, so hopefully we can see Novak. “
In late October, an ATP spokesperson told CNN that player vaccination rates were “currently around 65%.” A WTA spokesperson told CNN – also at the end of October – “at present, over 60% of WTA players are vaccinated.”
Tiley has said the seating capacity for the Australian Open, which runs January 17-30, 2022, will be 100%.
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“The very first action we have taken at Tennis Australia is to inquire directly with the tours and its security,” said Tiley.
“Whatever resources we had, we acted to ensure (…)