Teenage sensation Olivia Gadecki set to miss Australian Open over vaccine mandate

Rising Australian star Olivia Gadecki is set to miss the Australian Open after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, per The West Australian. 

Gadecki, 19, enjoyed a strong 2021 season as she started the year unranked but now she is sitting at No. 237 in the world.

Gadecki captured 50 wins on the WTA’s lower-level circuits and she was a strong candidate for an Australian Open wild card. 

“Second-ever pro match. It’s a pretty amazing thing. She’s a pretty good story,”coach David Taylor recently told AAP from his European base in Liechtenstein.

“She had zero ranking, zero, February 1 and here she is top 250 already – it’s unheard of.

“In her first-ever pro match she lost to the world No.60 in three sets, second-ever match beats Kenin and then in her first-ever $25,000 pro event, she gets to the final in Madrid.

“She’s going to be good. This girl will be good, I think.”

Gadecki drew the attention of Ashleigh Barty 

World No. 1 Barty made herself available to Gadecki this year and coach Taylor gave Barty credit for helping Gadecki.

Coach Taylor was surprised by how much Barty was trying to help Gadecki. 

“Ash has really helped her,” Taylor said.

“Forget about doing things for an image or whatever, Barty seriously puts some effort into this girl – weekly contact, watches her matches online even when she was playing Wimby (Wimbledon).

“One guy sent through a picture of Ash watching her online on an ITF website.

“Hits with her almost always up in Brisbane. Like even in the French Open when Olivia got a wildcard into qualies, Ash was hitting with her on Philippe Chatrier (centre court).

“It’s just amazing what Ash has done for this girl. She typically keeps to herself, Ash, but to Olivia, God, she’s been so supportive and a real mentor. It’s nice.”

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