Australian Open in CHAOS when Daniel Andrews REFUSES to let unvaccinated players compete as he overturns the prime minister’s claim that they could be quarantined
- Andrews said VIC would not request exemptions for unvaccinated players.
- Scott Morrison had previously said that players could go to Aus and self-quarantine.
- The Victorian prime minister said he couldn’t ask the crowd to be hit and not the players.
The Australian Open turned into chaos after Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the door for unvaccinated athletes to enter the country, but Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was quick to object.
Mr. Morrison announced that tennis players who have not received a puncture could enter the country for the summer competition as long as they apply for a travel waiver for skilled workers and undergo a 14-day quarantine.
But that provoked the fury of Andrews, who criticized the prime minister’s decision, saying: “What I want to make very clear is that the state of Victoria will not request any exemptions for unvaccinated players.”
It is now unclear whether tennis stars who are not vaccinated will need to be quarantined if they attend the event at Melbourne Park, or if they will be allowed to enter the state.
Andrews’ comments could rule out some of the world’s biggest tennis stars competing at the Australian Open.
The top three ranked male tennis players, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev, have refused to disclose their vaccination status citing medical privacy.
Meanwhile, a recent report from The Association of Tennis Professionals has revealed that only 35% of male players and 40% of female players on the tour double jab.
Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said his state would not request exemptions for unvaccinated tennis players ahead of the Australian Open. Pictured is Novak Djokovic after his win this year.
The Victoria Premier’s comments came hours after Morrison insisted that unvaccinated players would receive an exemption to play.
“They will have to be quarantined for two weeks, in the same way that a skilled worker who has come to repair a boiler … or something like that, they can get exemptions to do that,” he told 2GB on Wednesday.
“We’ve been providing waivers for workers to come in and do these kinds of things throughout the pandemic.”
Responding later, Andrews said his decision was made on “behalf of all vaccinated Victorians who have done the right thing.”
“We will host the event, but we will not request an exemption for unvaccinated players to come here. And that’s the only fair thing to do, ”he continued.
He said that the hundreds of thousands of spectators who watch the event will also need to be vaccinated.
“All the people who are watching tennis at the Australian Open are going to have a double void, all the people who work there are going to have a double void,” Andrews said.
“It is logical that if you want to enter the country to be part of that tournament, you should also have a double void.”
Former Immigration Minister Alex Hawke shared a similar opinion, saying that players must be fully vaccinated to enter the country as other travelers did.
Andrews’ comments contradicted the words of Scott Morrison, who said early Wednesday that unvaccinated players could enter Australia as long as they are quarantined for two weeks.
The tournament will kick off in Melbourne Park at the end of January and the crowd will also need to get a double dose (pictured, Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in February 2021).
The Victorian prime minister said he believed the federal government had shared that view as well.
“Once again, I perfectly supported the opinion of Minister Hawke, which I took to be the opinion of the federal government and it seems that that is not the case,” Andrews said.
The focus is now on world number one Novak Djokovic, who has yet to reveal his vaccination status.
If the tennis star can’t change her stance on the mandatory jab, it may mean she can’t defend her Australian Open title.
Speaking last week to the Serbian newspaper Blic, the athlete did not reveal anything and said he was not sure he would be able to travel to Melbourne.
“Things start as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne,” said Djokovic.
‘I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate investigation.
‘Of course I want to go, Australia is my most successful Grand Slam tournament. I want to compete, I love this sport and I am still motivated. ”