Victoria state Premier shuts door on un-vaxxed tennis players

Scott Morrison said unvaccinated tennis players will be allowed into Australia, but Daniel Andrews fired back and has plans of his own. Victoria’s position is a blow for the Grand Slam’s organisers Tennis Australia, who want a strong field for the tournament in January.

After Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted that unvaccinated tennis players will be permitted into the nation, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced his government would not seek for travel permits to allow them to compete in the Australian Open in the state. Unvaccinated players will be allowed to compete in the Grand Slam following a two-week COVID-19 quarantine if Victoria, which hosts the event in Melbourne, filed for licences for them, Morrison said earlier on Wednesday.

Andrews stated that no such applications will be made by his state.”On behalf of every vaccinated Victorian who has done the right thing, my government will not be applying for an exemption for any unvaccinated player,” he told reporters. “If we don’t apply for an exemption, then no exemption will be granted and then the whole issue is basically resolved.”

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Australia’s borders have been virtually locked for 18 months, however officials have granted travel waivers in exceptional circumstances. Victoria has been Australia’s worst-affected state, with Melbourne’s capital being shut down six times. Only fully vaccinated people were exempt from the sixth lockdown, which ended on Friday. Adults who have not been vaccinated are still prohibited from entering bars, restaurants, athletic events, and other sections of the economy, and may be barred from doing so until well into 2022.

Victoria’s stance is a setback for Grand Slam organisers Tennis Australia, who are hoping for a strong lineup for the January tournament. Some of the best players, including defending champion Novak Djokovic, have refused to reveal whether or not they have been vaccinated. Last week, Serbia’s world number one suggested he would not compete in the L1N2RE2EQ competition. Unvaccinated athletes will have to quarantine for two weeks, according to Morrison, who previously informed the Seven Network.

All the same rules have to apply to everyone,” he said.”Whether you’re a Grand Slam winner, a prime minister or a business traveller, a student or whoever. Same rules.” Morrison’s remarks contrasted with those of his immigration minister, Alex Hawke, who stated last week that tennis players and other sports would need to be double-vaccinated before entering the country. A vaccination obligation applies to professional athletes in Victoria, as well as coaches, officials, the media, and other members of the top competition team. Tennis players, according to Andrews, should be held to the same level as the rest of the competitors.

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