Australian Open: no exemptions for unvaccinated tennis players, premier says

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The Victorian authorities volition not use for exemptions for unvaccinated players travelling from overseas to look astatine adjacent year’s Australian Open, the state’s premier has said.

Daniel Andrews said refusing to see exemptions for players similar Novak Djokovic, who has repeatedly refused to uncover his vaccination status, was “the lone just happening to do”, fixed helium didn’t privation to adhd to the workload of frontline workers.

“I privation to beryllium precise wide with each Victorian, my authorities won’t beryllium applying for an exemption for immoderate unvaccinated player,” Andrews said.

Earlier, Australia’s premier minister, Scott Morrison, had indicated those athletes who person not taken a Covid vaccine would inactive beryllium allowed into the state for the season’s opening expansive slam, arsenic agelong arsenic they undertook a play of quarantine.

Morrison’s comments appeared to contradict those made by national migration minister, Alex Hawke, a week previously.

“The national authorities manages the borderline and to that grade thing the national authorities says connected this is clear,” Andrews said. “Their presumption has gone 180 [degrees] from what the migration curate said, which astatine the time, I agreed with.

“I americium not intending to power the borders, we bash not.

“We volition big the lawsuit but we volition not beryllium applying for an exemption for unvaccinated spot to travel here. And that is the lone just happening to do. We person each achieved astonishing things.”

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