After some confusion surrounded the status of player entry into Australian over the course of the last couple of days, it appears as though we finally have some clarification from those in charge of making the final decision regarding the Australian Open.
After Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison came out and said that unvaccinated players were able to enter Australian for the Australian Open if there is an exemption application that has been completed on their behalf, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has knocked back this pathway.
Premier on Aus Open: ‘on behalf of every vaccinated Victorian who has done the right thing – my Goverment will not be applying for an exemption for any unvaccinated player’ @7NewsMelbourne pic.twitter.com/xKrymQpXNR
— Sharnelle Vella (@SharnelleVella) October 26, 2021
On top of this issue making its way into the media, an Instagram post from WTA World Number 2 Aryna Sabalenka (insta: sabalenka_aryna) raised another point of contention as the first major tournament on the 2022 calendar edges closer.
With the list of vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation differing to those accepted for entry into Australia, there will be more to come on this issue in the months ahead.
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