Players told to get vaccinated if they want to serve it up at Australian Open

Sports | 13 Oct 2021

Tennis players who plan to compete at the Australian Open should get vaccinated for Covid-19 to give themselves the best chance of playing the Grand Slam, a government official said.

Victoria state 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.

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," Pakula said.

"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."

Both the women's and men's tours have urged players to get vaccinated but some have expressed reservations, including world No 1 Novak Djokovic, who is opposed to vaccine mandates.

REUTERS



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