Vaccines and Australian Open 2022: the situation



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Vaccines and Australian Open 2022: the situation

The last words regarding the vaccine and tennis situation, especially in view of the highly anticipated Australian Open 2022, were those of Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard said: "Rules for Covid? I am neither for nor against, I just do what they decide.

I don't want to pretend I know something and maybe know more than the competent people. If doctors say you have to be vaccinated, who am I to have a different opinion?" A distinctly different position from that of Novak Djokovic.

Everything and more has been said about the Serb. Officially he is part of the ATP Cup list, which will be played in Australia before the match in Melbourne. Only those who are vaccinated can enter the country, however it is not yet known whether the Serb is vaccinated or if the organizers will grant it special permission, going against their own rules.

The Australian Open 2022 will be the first international tournament open only to those vaccinated against COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia has decided to adopt a different strategy from most other countries and has repeatedly instituted the lockdown to stop small outbreaks in the bud and aim for zero infections.

Melbourne, in particular, has seen a significant increase in cases in recent months and the Victorian government has imposed vaccination obligations on millions of workers, including professional athletes. Pierre-Hugues Herbert will not reach Melbourne precisely because of the vaccination obligation.

The French tennis player had already talked about the matter during the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and explained: "I'm not vaccinated, so the trip to Australia would not be possible for me. My ranking is low, I'm number 110 to date.

Certainly, however, the the fact that I could not go there without the vaccine has complicated things. And it is a discourse that does not only concern Australia, but also the United States, Austri, it is a complex topic and for this reason it is a personal choice not to make the vaccine.

" Daniil Medvedev also talked about the vaccine issue: "I already said it a couple of days ago and I will repeat it now. I have decided not to disclose my medical information. It is not just a question of whether or not I am vaccinated against COVID-19.

, but everything related to my body and my health. It is clear that whoever plays the Australian Open will be vaccinated. There we will know who is and who is not. " Rising Australian tennis star Olivia Gadecki will miss the 2022 Australian Open after deciding to reject the vaccine, according to West Australian reports.
She is currently number 237 in the world but there are many expectations for the young athlete.

In 2021 she achieved a brilliant and sensational victory in Melbourne against former Slam and Top Ten winner Sofia Kenin. Gadecki is much appreciated in Australia so much that the current number one in the world Ashleigh Barty had recently tried to help her, but now in her country a lot of criticism is raining down on her because of this controversial decision.