World No. 37 Ekaterina Alexandrova believes what the Australian authorities are pushing for is "too drastic." Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews indicated that only fully vaccinated athletes will be allowed to play at the Australian Open in January.
Alexandrova, 26, won't have a problem with the Australian Open participation since she if fully vaccinated. Alexandrova, a former world No. 25, is expected to make her sixth Australian Open appearance in January. Alexandrova made back-to-back third rounds at the Australian Open in 2020 and 2021.
"I think these are too drastic measures. Vaccination is voluntary. To have people making such tough choices is wrong. People have to decide for themselves. As for me, i got vaccinated of my own volition right after the Olympics.
So I don't think I'll have a problem," Alexandrova said, per Adam Addicott.
Alexandrova felt unwell after taking the jab
"For three days I felt unwell, I was tired, my whole body ached, but there seemed to be no fever.
The arm also hurt badly. Then after about three or four days everything went fine," Aleksandrova revealed. The biggest question mark regarding the 2022 Australian Open is Novak Djokovic's participation. A few days ago, Djokovic refused to reveal his vaccination status and hinted he could skip the Australian Open.
"(The virus) doesn't care what your tennis ranking is, or how many Grand Slams you've won," Andrews said. "It's completely irrelevant. You need to be vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to keep others safe.
"I don't think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country and if they did get a visa they'd probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks," he added. "I don't think that the person you indicated (Djokovic) or any other tennis player, let's not personalise it ... or golfer or Formula One driver will even get a visa to get here."