Sam Stosur weighs in on Australian Open vaccine mandate

Australian tennis star Sam Stosur says she is absolutely okay with the Australian Open mandating vaccination for the event. 

The Australian Open said only fully vaccinated will be able to play at Melbourne Park in January. 

Some players believe vaccination should be a personal matter and a player should not be banned from playing a tournament just because he is not vaccinated. 

“I can absolutely see where other people are coming from, but if we want to get on with it and have (any sort of normal life), unfortunately, it’s just the position we’re in,” Stosur told News Corp. “If the mandate’s coming in around the country, why should a sporting event be any different?

“We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to try and move on from this, and if we can do it well and in a safe way to still be able to enjoy the social aspects of sporting events (it is worth it).”

Stosur expects more tournaments to take the similar action

The Australian Open is the first tournament to mandate vaccine. 

Stosur expects more tournaments to follow and mandate vaccine. 

“I don’t think it’s going to be the case only in Australia for tennis players,” added Stosur. “It’s already hard to get into the United States and I couldn’t imagine Europe’s going to be like, ‘Yeah, do whatever you want’.

“This is a hot topic because we’re the first Grand Slam and we’re the first tournaments of the new year, so it’s all about Australia putting in these restrictions and mandates.

“But I think it’s going to be hard if you’re not (vaccinated) to continue being a tennis player. I’d rather be vaccinated with the travel we’re doing. That’s my choice and my opinion but it’s hard to see any real other way to be able to do things.”

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