The Prime Minister of the Australian state of Victoria, Dan Andrews, said today that tennis players, who have not been vaccinated against the corona virus, could be left without visas to come to the Australian Open.
“I don’t think unvaccinated tennis players will have a visa to come to our country,” said Andrews, the prime minister of the state, whose capital is Melbourne.
The Australian Open is traditionally the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, and the big question is whether the three-time consecutive champion Novak Djokovic will participate in it.
“The virus doesn’t care about your rank or the number of Grand Slam titles you’ve won. And to get a visa, the unvaccinated would probably have to be quarantined for two weeks, unlike the others,” he added.
Djokovic would “look for” the historic 21st Grand Slam title in his career in Australia, and he previously refused to say publicly whether he was vaccinated.
Australia closed its borders 19 months ago by introducing some of the strictest measures in the fight against the corona virus pandemic.
The borders should be gradually opened in November, but only local citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter the country.
Speaking about the Formula 1 race, which will be held in Melbourne next year, for the first time since 2019, Andrews said that all spectators should be vaccinated.
“The race takes place in April (April 10), I don’t think there will be many people then who haven’t received two doses of the vaccine,” he added.
In addition to Djokovic, the Japanese Naomi Osaka won the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne last year in the women’s competition.