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Unvaccinated players barred from Australian Open

Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete at the 2022 Australian Open, organisers have announced.

This comes amid confusion over the issue with contradictory statements from leading Australian politicians.

Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic has said he does not want to publicly reveal his vaccination status.

“Novak knows he will have to be vaccinated to play,” says tournament director Craig Tiley.

“We would love to have him here.”

Tiley also confirmed that the tournament, which runs from 17-30 January in Melbourne, would be played in front of capacity crowds.

A significant number of tennis players remain unvaccinated. In late October, 35% of those on the men’s ATP Tour were unvaccinated. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is yet to provide the vaccination uptake percentage among its players, BBC writes.

Australia has had some of the strictest restrictions on travel and movement during the pandemic.

Players, officials and support staff who travelled for the 2021 tournament were required to complete a 14-day quarantine period on their arrival in Australia.

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