Former Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua has confirmed that the Australian Open will take place in the last two weeks of January and that the tournament is pkanning to have a bubble.
“We’ve had conversations with the players already and the communication is on the conditions we know currently,” Dellacqua told Wide World of Sports Australia.
“Obviously the landscape is changing so we hope these conditions will change.
“We know the Australian Open will go ahead during the last two weeks of January and we know there will be a bubble where they will have competitive opportunities to play. But we can only go on what we are working on now.”
Dellacque urges players to take the jab
The latest reports coming out of Australia indicated that only vaccinated players will be allowed to play at the Australian Open.
“Our (Tennis Australia) message to the players is if you want the best conditions, the best piece of advice is go and get vaccinated,” she stated. “I think it’s the Tour’s responsibility to take the lead in vaccinations.
“What I can say is the players who are coming out to Australia, the ones who are unvaccinated versus the ones who are vaccinated – their conditions will look quite different.”
Victoria Premier Dan Andrews made it clear to Novak Djokovic that he won’t be allowed to play without the proof of being vaccinated.
“[Grand slam] titles won’t protect you,” Victoria Premier Andrews said when asked by reporters. “The only title that will protect you is you being able to have had your first dose and second dose.
“Logic, and numerous conversations with the Prime Minister, tells me that if you are an Australian citizen, you will be allowed home if you haven’t had the jab.
“But if you’re coming on a tourist visa or a business visa, so you’re not an Aussie, like, you are coming to visit, the notion of you getting in here without being vaccinated, I thinks very, very low.”