Tennis News: Andy Murray has urged more players to get vaccinated against COVID-19 but has stated that he will accept limitations on unvaccinated players at next year’s Australian Open.
Victoria’s sports minister, Martin Pakula, has stated that players aiming to compete in the year’s first Grand Slam should get vaccinated to give themselves the best chance of success in Melbourne.
Murray also stated that he would back local authorities’ efforts to impose tighter conditions on players at Melbourne Park than those who have been properly immunised.
“My understanding is that if you’re not vaccinated, you can still play, but the rules will be different,” Murray said at a news conference following his third-round loss to Alexander Zverev in Indian Wells on Tuesday.
“You might just have to leave (for Australia) a few weeks before everyone else.” That is the player’s option. I would support it if the local government implemented it.
“It would be fantastic if more players were immunised.
“Australia, in particular, has been really stringent over there.” The general public in that area has had to face a traumatic 18 months or so.
“It’s acceptable if people are going to come into the country and perhaps risk an outbreak in their town.”
Zverev, who stated in April that he had not been vaccinated, did not want to be caught in the middle of the controversy.
“I fully appreciate the decisions of non-vaccinated players. I also appreciate the decision made by the Australian government “He stated.
“I don’t want to be in the thick of something I’m not really invested in because I don’t have the two-week quarantine and all that. I don’t want to argue with anyone here.”
Vaccinated players are likely to have more flexibility in Melbourne and may be able to avoid the country’s mandated 14-day quarantine upon arrival ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.
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