Kooyong Classic has been closed again due to Kovid.© Instagram
A major warm-up tournament for the Australian Open was canceled on Tuesday, with organizers alleging uncertainty over the Covid-19 rules players will face in Melbourne. This is the second year the Koyeong Classic, usually played in the weeks leading up to the season’s opening Grand Slam, has been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kooyong President Adam Koser said he was disappointed the event could not take place in January 2022, but expects it to return in 2023. “With the uncertainty in recent months about the arrangements to be made in January, it has not been possible to make the best plans to deliver the best and safest sport (event) possible,” he said in a statement.
Players are still waiting for clarification on whether they need to be fully vaccinated to participate in the Australian Open, also in Melbourne, and other tennis tournaments in the country.
Such a requirement would cast doubt on nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic’s ability to defend his title – he is one of several players who have refused to share his vaccination status.
A leaked WTA email this week suggested that non-vaccinated players could participate provided they have completed 14 days in hotel quarantine. Double-jaded players will enjoy “complete freedom of movement” though.
However, the premier of Victoria – the state in which the Grand Slam is held – said he wants all players to be fully vaccinated.
Dan Andrews told public radio, “Everybody who watches tennis at the Australian Open is going to be double-waxed, everybody who works there is going to be double-waxed.”
“The reason for this is that if you want to come to the country to be a part of that tournament, you should also be double-waxed,” he said.
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