World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev wasn’t surprised by the Australian Open’s decision to ban unvaccinated players from competing at the Australian Open but he was surprised that it took so long for the official confirmation to come out.
On Saturday, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed that those who want to play at Melbourne Park in January will have to show the proof of being fully vaccinated.
“I actually am a little bit surprised that they confirmed it so late,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors. “It’s been months. At least I knew that’s probably the case. Prime minister or the governor of the state of Melbourne, I don’t know, I don’t remember exactly who said it, but it was kind of (an) official. I was surprised to see this news because I was like, Yeah, what’s new?”
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“He’s had great success here in Melbourne, and he’s always said that the Australian Open is the event that puts the wind in his sails – I hope we get to see Novak,” Tiley said.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews was the main force behind the decision to ban unvaccinated players from playing at Melbourne Park.
“It’s been made very clear, when the premier announced several weeks ago that in order to participate at the Australian Open, to come into Victoria, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated,” he said. “Immediately we communicated that to the playing group. It is the one direction that you take that can ensure everyone’s safety.
“All the playing group understands it. Our patrons will need to be vaccinated, all the staff working the Australian Open will need to be vaccinated, when you’re in a state where there is more than 90 percent of the population fully vaccinated, it’s the right thing to do.”