Whether or not unvaccinated players will be allowed to play the 2022 Australian Open has been a hot topic for weeks. The latest news is that only those protected by the COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to enter the tournament.
A month ago, a leaked email sent to WTA players revealed that unvaccinated players might still be able to compete at the Grand Slam. A few days later, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victoria state’s Premier Daniel Andrews expressed opposing views concerning the COVID-19 vaccination issue.
Craig Tiley confirms that only vaccinated players can compete at the AO & that there will be no attendance caps. Says TA are working closely with the tours to get info on Peng Shuai. Also discusses Covid protocols (masks only required within retail areas) https://t.co/llz9PG7Z5X
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) November 19, 2021
The latest information comes from CEO of Tennis Australia Craig Tiley, who confirms that only vaccinated players will be allowed in the draws. When it comes to audience, full capacity crowed will be allowed. No masks will be required on site, aside from retail.
“Our intention with the Australian Open is to bring Australia back in a big way and it’s going to be an exciting summer,” Tiley told The Today Show.
Good news is that most men’s and women’s tennis players are fully vaccinated. Nearly 80% of Top 100 women’s players have been vaccinated, including all the players who competed in the singles and doubles at the Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara. When it comes to the ATP Top 100, vaccination rate is also 80% at the moment.
The 2022 Australian Open will take place from January 17 to January 30 in Melbourne.