Australian Open 2021

Victoria Premier refuses to back down on vaccination stance despite WTA email

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has maintained his stance that players wanting to compete in the Australian Open will need to be double vaccinated.

Last week’s stance from Health Minister Greg Hunt and Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was firm in that players will only be granted visas if they have been vaccinated.

However, a leaked email from the WTA to players on Monday suggested otherwise, stating that unvaccinated stars will be able to travel and compete provided they undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine period.

Despite this suggestion from the WTA, Andrews has stood his ground on the matter, stating that one would need to be fully vaccinated in other countries to be granted a visa, and it should be no different.

“You try getting into the US… most of Europe, really, so many different parts of Asia if you haven’t been vaccinated,” the Victoria Premier told ABC radio.

“Like, you’re just not getting a visa. Why would that be different here?

“I don’t think it’s too much to say, ‘If you want one of those visas and you want to come here, then you need to be double-vaxxed’.

“All the people who are watching the tennis at the Australian Open, they’re going to be double-vaxxed, all the people that work there are going to be double-vaxxed.

“It stands to reason that, if you want to get into the country to be part of that tournament, then you should be double-vaxxed as well.”


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