Those players who want to seek a medical exemption for the Australian Open will have to convince two separate panels of medical experts. After Novak Djokovic's name appeared on the Australian Open, some claimed Tennis Australia was seeking a loophole to get the Serb in.
Tennis Australia was quick to dismiss those claims as they made it clear no player will receive a special treatment. “We’ve worked closely with the Victorian Government to establish fair and independent protocols for assessing medical exemption applications that will enable us to ensure Australian Open 2022 is safe and enjoyable for everybody,” Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said, per the Herald Sun.
“Central to this process is that the decisions will be made by independent medical experts and that every applicant gets due consideration”. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Martin Pakula was happy with the rules set for those who want to seek a medical exemption.
“I am very pleased that there is a rigorous process around the consideration of any medical exemptions for the Australian Open,” Pakula said.
Teenage sensation out of the Australian Open
Rising Australian star Olivia Gadecki, 19, pulled out of the Australian Open because she doesn't want to get vaccinated.
Gadecki, who started 2021 unranked, now sits at No. 237 and she was likely to receive an Australian Open wild card. Gadecki's breakout 2021 season even drew the attention of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. “Ash has really helped her,” coach David Taylor said.
“Forget about doing things for an image or whatever, Barty seriously puts some effort into this girl - weekly contact, watches her matches online even when she was playing Wimby (Wimbledon). “One guy sent through a picture of Ash watching her online on an ITF website.
“Hits with her almost always up in Brisbane. Like even in the French Open when Olivia got a wildcard into qualies, Ash was hitting with her on Philippe Chatrier (centre court). “It’s just amazing what Ash has done for this girl.
She typically keeps to herself, Ash, but to Olivia, God, she’s been so supportive and a real mentor. It’s nice”.