Former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov said he has nothing against the Australian Open granting medical exemptions for unvaccinated players.
Players who want to compete at the Australian Open have to be fully vaccinated or provide a good excuse in order to receive a medical exemption.
“I’m not a doctor but I’m sure there’s a reason if somebody needs that [an exemption]. If it’s legit … if it’s to that extent and that point, then of course,” Dimitrov said, per The Age.
World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty didn’t want to comment too much as she simply said she believes those in charge will make the right decision.
“It’s a tricky one for me because it’s not my decision. We put the trust in those people that are making those decisions. They have the correct information. That’s what it is. That’s all it is. There’s nothing else to it,” Barty said.
“That’s the very last thing I’m thinking of when I’m on the court is the medical history of the player on the opposite side.”
Sam Stosur agrees with Dimitrov
“I think if they’ve been given a medical exemption, then it’s for a medical exemption, so I think you’ve got to do that. But, yeah, hopefully it’s for the right reasons,” Stosur said.
“I think first and foremost Australia, especially in Victoria, it’s been a tough slog the last two years, so I think for things to get turned around in another way for tennis players I don’t think necessarily would be right.
“As long as it’s all for the right reasons and it is for true medical exemptions, then I mean I don’t think you can really argue with that.”
On Tuesday, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic announced he was granted a medical exemption to play the Australian Open.
Diokovic will now be chasing a record 10th Australian Open title.