Australian tennis player John Millman is hoping that unvaccinated players will be allowed to compete at the Australian Open as he believes that the majority of leading players will come to Melbourne even if they are required to complete 14 days of hard quarantine.
“But I do want to see an opportunity for all the players to be able to play tennis, whether that be unvaccinated people having to go in and do the 14 days hard quarantine, like we’ve seen throughout the year – people returning back home who’ve been unvaccinated do.
I’d like to see them at least have that opportunity," Millman told 3AW
Millman hopes Novak Djokovic will play the Australian Open
Djokovic's Australian Open participation remains a doubt as the Serb has refused to reveal his vaccination status.
During a recent interview with Blic, Djokovic stated that he is following the situation regarding the Australian Open and indicted that he could indeed skip the opening Grand Slam of the season. "I think that they will still come,” Millman said.
“I can’t speak for them, but I do believe that the majority of players, even if they are unvaccinated, would still come, even if it meant doing the 14 days. “It’s not ideal. I’ve done that [hard quarantine] before.
It is extremely hard to ‘find’ the tennis ball when you come out of it. "The Australian Open at the end of the day – it is one of the four biggest events that we have. It’s a great opportunity. You don’t get to play grand slams day in, day out.
[But with] both the accolades of playing a grand slam and doing well in a grand slam, along with the prize money that’s on offer, I think is a nice caveat”. Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and not having him at the tournament I'm 2022 would be a major blow for the organizers.