Vaccinated players are not guaranteed entry into tournaments in Australia, they also need a negative COVID-19 test. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is fully vaccinated, but her participation at the Australian Open is now in question because of a positive coronavirus test.
The 30-year-old Pavlyuchenkova arrived in Australia on Tuesday and because of an unexpected COVID-19 test result she’s in absolute lockdown:
I was fully vaccinated and was preparing for the start of the season in Dubai. But we live in a very difficult and unpredictable time. Right now I am in a complete isolation, in a special hotel and following all the protocols under the supervision of doctors.
Pavlyuchenkova says that she will resume playing tennis “when it’s safe for everyone.” The Australian Open starts on January 17.
The Russian’s successful 2021 season, which included the French Open singles final, propelled her to her career-high ranking of No.11, which she currently occupies.