Andy Murray expects unsecured players to compete at the Australian Open but says he will support the move by local authorities to impose stricter conditions on them in Melbourne Park, which is completely against Cove 19. The vaccine has been given.
Athletes planning to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year should be vaccinated to give themselves the best chance to compete in Melbourne, Victoria Sports Minister Martin Pakola said on Tuesday.
Tennis Australia declined to comment on the players’ vaccination status. However, it is expected that vaccinated players will be given more freedom of movement and can skip the country’s mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
“My understanding is that if you are insecure, you are still allowed to play,” Murray told a news conference after the third-round loss to Indian Wells at the hands of Alexander Zverev.
“Maybe you have to leave a few weeks earlier (for Australia) than everyone else. It’s a player’s choice. If the local government gives him a place, I will support him. If more players are vaccinated. So that would be great.
“Australia has been particularly tough there. The people there have had to endure pain or anything for 18 months.”
World No. 4 Zverev, who said in April that he had not been vaccinated, did not want to get caught up in the debate. “I fully respect the decisions of those players who are not vaccinated,” he said. I also respect the decision being made by the Australian Government.
“I don’t want to be in the middle of something I’m not involved with because I don’t have a two-week quarantine issue. I don’t want to go against anyone here.”
The Australian Open is set to begin on January 17.