Australian summer of tennis suffers blow as Kooyong Classic gets cancelled



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Australian summer of tennis suffers blow as Kooyong Classic gets cancelled

Kooyong Classic president Adam Cossar has announced that the popular Australian exhibition event won't be taking place in 2022. The Kooyong Classic is held annualy in January, the week before the Australian Open. This year, the Kooyong Classic was cancelled due to the pandemic but the organizers were hoping to stage the event again in 2022.

Without any official rulings on plans for vaccinated and unvaccinated players for the upcoming Australian Open, the Kooyong organizers decided to call off the event. “We are disappointed having to make this decision but with the great deal of uncertainty over recent months about the arrangements that would be in place in January, it has not been possible to make the necessary plans to deliver the best and safest sporting and hospitality experience for our players, spectators, sponsors, broadcasters, members and event staff," Cossar said.

The Kooyong Classic is a popular preparation for the Australian Open

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has disputed the leaked emails suggesting that unvaccinated players will be allowed to compete at Melbourne Park. “If the federal government has a different view, after what the Immigration Minister said the other day, then they can explain why it has changed and then we can respond to it accordingly,” Mr Andrews said.

“But the ball kids will have to be vaccinated if they are over the age of 12, everybody going there will be double vaccinated, the staff will be double vaccinated. “I don’t think it necessarily becomes an issue because I know the people who are not Australian citizens that are not vaccinated will not be allowed in.

That is what the Immigration Minister said the other day and I couldn’t agree more. “Let us wait and see what the federal government does and rather than responding to what they might do, we can respond to what they actually do.

“With the greatest of respect, let us wait and see how that unfolds”. The Kooyong Classic has held 31 editions since 1988.