Vaccination guidelines for Australian Open tennis stars “not yet regulated”, despite the leaked email

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Victorian Major Events Minister Martin Pakula says vaccination rules for tennis players are “not yet in place” this summer, despite a leaked email suggesting unvaccinated players are allowed to enter.

The email sent to players by the WTA Players Council stated that unvaccinated players will be allowed to travel to Australia and be in quarantine for two weeks before being allowed to play.

It is also said that fully vaccinated players have no restrictions and can move around freely without being confined to a bladder.

The email asked players to “keep this information confidential until the government makes an official announcement”.

World number one for men, Novak Djokovic, previously said he did not know whether he would take part in the Australian Open because he did not want to reveal his vaccination status.

Last week, Federal Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke said there would be no change to the rules for tennis players, meaning those who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to enter Australia.

Novak Djokovic has said he may not be able to play at the Australian Open.(AP: John Minchillo)

But Mr Pakula said the policy was still being determined.

“We’re still talking to the Commonwealth about whether the rule for international unvaccinated comers is either a 14-day quarantine or they don’t come into the country at all,” he said

The vaccination rate for professional gamers has been reported to be between 50 and 60 percent, but Mr Pakula said he believes the rate is rising rapidly.

“I understand from my chat with Craig Tiley [from Tennis Australia] This morning that the VAX rate for gamers is now rising pretty fast and close enough to 80 percent. “

Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley stressed that states cannot control international visas and immigration, but that he is working with the federal government to clarify policy.

“I am confident that we will have the best field in the world here and the best tournament in the world early next year,” said Foley.

“We don’t control the borders, we don’t issue visas. That’s what the Commonwealth does.

“We’ll be working with them and the Australian Open to make sure we have a bang at the Australian Open in 2022.”

Comment was requested from Tennis Australia.


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