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Tennis-No medical exemption for Australian Open players -Tiley

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December 9, 2021

Tournament director Craig Tiley said on Thursday (Reuters) – No tennis player hoping to compete at the Australian Open is still exempt from vaccinations, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Thursday, as he reiterates that everyone in Melbourne Park will need to be fully vaccinated.

Tiley also said that Novak Djokovic’s inclusion on Wednesday’s Australian Open does not imply anything about his COVID-19 vaccination status, which the world number one has refused to disclose, with privacy reasons.

“Just to be clear, nobody can play the Australian Open unless they’re vaccinated,” Tiley told ABC.

“The only condition under which, apart from being vaccinated, you can compete is if you get a medically approved medical exemption from the Australian authorities. …

“I saw the report this morning. No medical exemptions are granted at this time. “

Tiley added that appearing on the roster has nothing to do with whether Djokovic will actually be in Melbourne from January 17-30 in search of his 10th Australian Open title and men’s singles record title. 21st Grand Slam or not.

“Everybody was on the shortlist,” Tiley said. “It is not a guaranteed list of exactly who will be drawn. That comes in a few weeks when the actual roster and draw are finalized for the Australian Open. “

Serena Williams, not on the roster, decided not to compete on the advice of her medical team, and neither did Roger Federer, who is still recovering from a series of knee surgeries.

Djokovic said last week he would make a decision “very soon” on whether to travel to Australia.

Last month, his father Srdjan said Djokovic was incapacitated and described the vaccination request as “blackmail”.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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