The No. 1-ranked tennis participant Novak Djokovic was named as a participant in the Australian Open in January by the event’s organizers on Wednesday. But Djokovic beforehand mentioned he won’t attend the Open as a result of he was unwilling to disclose his vaccination standing.
The Grand Slam event included Djokovic in its foremost draw entry listing for the summer time event. “Defending champion Djokovic will play for an incredible 10th Australian Open trophy — and a men’s record 21st major singles title — and will be the favorite in a draw which showcases 49 of the world’s top 50,” the statement mentioned.
But Craig Tiley, chief government of Tennis Australia, which hosts the Australian Open, acknowledged on Thursday the “confusion” surrounding the announcement. He mentioned in a local television interview: “What was published yesterday was a general entry list. And, as a matter of course, everyone goes on the entry list. It’s not a commitment list about who’s exactly in the draw. That comes in several weeks time, when the actual list, and draw, gets finalized for the Australian Open.”
The announcement on Wednesday adopted one made a day earlier by the ATP Cup event, which will likely be held in Sydney as a precursor to the Australian Open. The ATP Cup listed Djokovic amongst its attendees. Djokovic, the reigning champion and a nine-time winner of the Australian Open, couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Australia has positioned a non permanent two-week ban on worldwide arrivals as a result of of the Omicron variant. Before that, the authorities introduced that some classes of visa holders can be allowed to freely enter the nation in the event that they have been vaccinated. Officials positioned caps on the quantity of unvaccinated vacationers who may enter the nation per week, they usually have been required to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.
The Australian authorities have mentioned that any gamers taking part in tournaments in the nation have to be vaccinated. And in his interview, Mr. Tiley reiterated, “No one can play the Australian Open unless they’re vaccinated.”
In October, Djokovic informed a Serbian information outlet that he won’t attend the Australian Open. His remarks set off rounds of contradictory statements between Australian authorities ministers and event organizers about entry necessities for worldwide guests.
The native information media reported on hypothesis that Tennis Australia would search medical exemptions for unvaccinated gamers. The group denied these claims.
James Merlino, the deputy premier of Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, mentioned in response to the rumors, “Medical exemptions are just that — it’s not a loophole for privileged tennis players.”