Even as world No.1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, is refusing to reveal his Covid-19 vaccine status, casting doubt over Australian Open participation next year, the state of Victoria has said that no athlete who has not been fully vaccinated will be allowed to participate in major events, which includes the Australian Open in January 2022.
Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Wednesday confirmed the state's ruling during an interview with ABC News. "The government, in establishing its borders, has said that you'll need to be double vaccinated to visit Australia," said Hawke."That's a universal application, not just to tennis players.
I mean that every visitor to Australia will need to be double vaccinated." Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has remained firm that exemptions would not be made for anyone. "(The virus) doesn't care what your tennis ranking is, or how many Grand Slams you've won. It's completely irrelevant.
You need to be vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to keep others safe," he said on Tuesday. "The state of Victoria, where the grand slam event takes place in Melbourne, has introduced a vaccine mandate for professional athletes, although authorities have not yet clarified what the requirement will be for those coming from abroad," abc.net.au said on Wednesday.