Unvaccinated players will be allowed to compete at next year's Australian Open but they will be required to complete two weeks of hard quarantine. On Monday, the WTA sent a statement to players, which put an end to the speculation whether or not the unvaccinated will be allowed to play at the Australian Open.
Earlier this month, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews indicated only vaccinated players would be allowed to compete at the Australian Open. The statement that was sent to the WTA players was also leaked to The New York Times.
“We feel the need to reach out to you all to clear up false and misleading information that has recently been spread by other parties about the conditions the players will be forced to endure at next year’s Australian Open,” the statement read.
“Because Victoria’s vaccination rate will hit 80 per cent at the end of the week and 90 per cent next month, it has been confirmed that conditions for players at the Australian Open will improve significantly”.
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“(Players) can arrive any time after December 1st, but will be subject to two weeks hard quarantine,” the email read. “(Players) must have a negative test within 72 hours of departure, are required to go through mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, (and) must submit to regular testing”.
While some players will be spending two weeks in hard quarantine, others will be free to practice and do regular activities. “The conditions for fully vaccinated players are that they can arrive any time after December 1st, must have a negative test within 72 hours of departure, (and) must test within 24 hours of arrival,” the statement said.
“(Players) are not required to quarantine or stay in a bubble, will have no ongoing restrictions imposed on them, (and) will have complete freedom of movement”.