World No. 8 Casper Ruud absolutely has no problems with the Australian Open banning unvaccinated players from competing at Melbourne Park.
On Saturday, it was officially confirmed that unvaccinated players will not be allowed to play at the Australian Open in January.
Those who want to play at the Australian Open will have to show the proof of being fully vaccinated upon arriving to Australia.
“Whether it’s fair or not, I feel like it’s kind of up to them, right, how they want to run their event, how they feel about their country and all that. I guess I don’t really see that as being unfair,” Ruud said of the Australian Open vaccine mandate, per Reem Abulleil.
Ruud urges players to understand the decision
The main man behind banning unvaccinated players from competing at the Australian Open was Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.
“I don’t think it’s the tournament that decides it’s the government. You will have to ask the mayor or the governor or whatever they call it down there of Victoria. He’s the one that decides. The tournament is played in Melbourne. That’s how it is everywhere we go,” Ruud explained.
“We have to listen to the government, and they will decide. I’m sure Craig Tiley and the rest of the team are doing everything they can to be able to put on the event. That’s the rule for next year. Yeah, we will have to deal with it.”
Also, Ruud touched on the Shuai Peng disappearance as he is hoping she will soon be found.
“I think we’re all worried and our thoughts are with her, of course, that she’s doing fine. We all hope that we get some contact with her soon. It’s one of the most serious matters in the sports world right now. I know that all the players here are concerned and worried,” Ruud said of the Peng disappearance.