Former world No. 1 Andy Murray insists he absolutely understands the position the Victoria government is taking and he has called for more players to get vaccinated. Over a week ago, Victoria Premier Dan Andrews indicated that only vaccinated players will be allowed to play at the Australian Open.
Murray has enjoyed lots of success at the Australian Open throughout his career but he has never won it all at Melbourne Park as he is a five-time runner-up at the Australian Open. "My understanding is if you're unvaccinated you're still allowed to play, it's just the rules are going to be different," Murray said, per Sky Sports.
"You might just have to leave (for Australia) a few weeks earlier than everyone else. That's the player's choice. If the local government puts that in place then I would support that. "It would be great if more players got vaccinated.
"Australia in particular has been very, very strict over there. The public there have had to endure a painful 18 months or whatever. "If people are going to come into the country and potentially risk an outbreak in their community, yeah, that's understandable."
Alexander Zverev agrees with Murray
German tennis star Zverev respects the decision of those who don't want to get vaccinated but he also respects the position the Victoria government is taking. "I fully respect the decisions of players that are not vaccinated.
I also do respect the decision that the Australian government is giving," Zverev said. "I don't want to be in the middle of something which I kind of am not involved in because I don't have that issue of the two-week quarantine, all that.
I don't want to go against anybody here." On Tuesday, Zverev saw off three-time Grand Slam champion Murray 6-4 7-6 (4) to progress into the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16. For the second time in his carrer, Zverev has made the Indian Wells round-of-16.