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Unvaccinated players may miss Australian Open

Players may require Covid-19 vaccination if they are to participate in the Australian Open scheduled to begin on the 17th of January in Melbourne, Victoria.

The leader of the state in which the tournament is held disclosed that players who have not received the Covid vaccine may not be allowed into the country. The state has introduced a vaccination mandate for professional athletes.

"I don't think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country," said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews. "If they did get a visa they'd probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks.

"If I'm wrong I'm sure the federal government will let you know. [The virus] doesn't care what your tennis ranking is, or how many Grand Slams you've won. It's completely irrelevant. You need to be vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to keep others safe."

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison announced last week that international travel to and from the country would resume from 1 November for citizens and permanent residents, but emphasised "no decision to allow other visa holders" had yet been made.

On Monday, reigning men's champion and world number one Novak Djokovic declined to reveal his vaccination status again and said he was unsure if he would defend his title in Melbourne, where he has triumphed nine times.

In an interview with Serbian publication Blic, the 20-time Grand Slam winner, said it was "a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry".

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