Victoria State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Wednesday his government will not allow unvaccinated tennis players to compete at the Australian Open.
Andrews’ remarks came after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated that players who were not or had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 would be allowed into the country and compete in the Grand Slam tournament.
Morrison said unvaccinated players could enter the tournament after a two-week COVID-19 quarantine provided Victoria, which is hosting the tournament in Melbourne, gave them permission.
Victoria’s attitude is a blow to the organizers of Grand Slam Tennis Australia, who will host the tournament in January. Defending champion Novak Djokovic has refused to disclose his vaccination status and said last week he may not play in the tournament.
Australia’s borders have been effectively closed for 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although authorities have approved travel exemptions for special cases. [ab/uh]