Australian Open Confirms Players Must Be Fully Vaccinated for 2022 Event

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  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open Men's Singles Final at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

    Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open Men's Singles Final at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

    TEMPO.COSydneyAustralian Open Director Craig Tiley confirmed on Saturday that players must be fully vaccinated to take part in the upcoming tournament in January 2022.

    "There's a lot of speculation about vaccination and just to be really clear, when the Premier announced that everyone on site ... will need to be vaccinated ... we made that clear to the playing group," Tiley told local news outlet 9news.

    The remarks will put further pressure on World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who has refused to comment on his vaccination status. As the state of Victoria where Melbourne locates required all players in major events to be fully vaccinated, the ban could put Djokovic's chances of a Grand Slam in jeopardy.

    Despite this, the tournament is expected to welcome a couple of big names including Rafa Nadal, Ash Barty, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka.

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    Xinhua