Australian Open: Tennis Australia’s CEO says players must be vaccinated to play in the grand slam

“It was made very clear when the premiere several weeks ago announced that in order to participate in the Australian Open, to get to Victoria, you must be fully vaccinated,” Tiley told Australian television station Channel 9’s “The Today Show , “with reference to Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.

“Immediately, we communicated it to the playgroup. It’s the one direction you take that you can ensure everyone’s safety,” Tiley added as preparations for the first grand slam of the 2022 season begin in Melbourne.

“Every gaming group understands that. Our patrons need to be vaccinated, all staff working at the Australian Open need to be vaccinated. But when we’re in a state where more than 90% of the population is fully vaccinated … it’s right to do.”

Djokovic, who has not revealed his vaccination status, has won the Australian Open men’s singles title a record nine times.

The 34-year-old Serb, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 20 major singles titles each.

“We expect Novak to come,” Tiley said. The good news is that most of the tennis players, both men’s and women, are fully vaccinated.

“Novak, as he has said before, it’s a private matter for him … He’s always said that the Australian Open is the event that puts wind in the sails, so I hope we get to see Novak.”

Novak Djokovic plays backhand in the Australian Open men's final against Daniil Medvedev at Melbourne Park on 21 February 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

In late October, an ATP spokesman told CNN that the player vaccination rate is “currently at about 65%.” A WTA spokesman told CNN – also in late October – “at present, over 60% of WTA players are vaccinated.”

Tiley said the audience capacity at the Australian Open, which runs from 17 to 30 January in 2022, will be at 100%.

Peng Shuai

Tennis Australia’s CEO was also asked about Peng Shuai.

Peng, who is one of China’s most recognizable sports stars, has not been seen in public since she accused former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have sex in her home, according to screenshots of a later-deleted post on social media dated November 2.

“The very first action we have taken in Tennis Australia is to ask directly about the rides and about her safety,” Tiley said.

“No matter what resources we have had available, we have acted to ensure … she is safe, but also to send a message that we are ready to support and make sure that her well-being. “

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