There are still many knots to be solved in view of the next edition of the Australian Open 2021. Tennis Australia is trying to find the best possible solutions and to constantly dialogue with the institutional bodies. Despite the latest opening news about unvaccinated tennis players, Australian state premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews has strongly opposed this possibility: "Non-immunized players will not have a special permit to participate.
We are blocking unvaccinated people out of pubs, cafes, restaurants, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and all sorts of other events. We will not ask for an exemption. Therefore, the problem is substantially solved."
Gaudenzi's words on the next edition of the Australian Open
ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi talked about the Australian Open 2022 and the future of the ATP Tour in an interview with the newspaper L’Equipe.
He said: "The vaccination rate among tennis players is gradually increasing. Since the ATP we have always encouraged this choice and now we are around 70%, but we expect that in one or two months 85 and 90% of tennis players will have completed their cycle vaccinal.
What Tennis Australia has assured us is that if a player has had direct contact with a positive, he will be tested and in case of a negative, he will not have to quarantine. However, we are confident that the Australian government will allow unvaccinated players to compete.
Future? Masters 1000 over two weeks, with 96-player draws. We have to touch the other tennis fans, the ones who are not maniacs. Our studies reveal that 70 to 80% of these people only watch premium events. And it is these people who buy tickets or television subscriptions.
Fans want to follow a story, written from the first to the first day of the year, with continuity and simplicity. The calendar is too complicated right now. The fans, apart from the hard and pure, are lost. And if they get lost, they go to see something else." It is to understand also if Novak Djokovic will be able to take part to the Australian Slam.