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Daniel Andrews REFUSES to let unvaccinated Australian Open players into Victoria


Australian Open in CHAOS as Daniel Andrews REFUSES to let unvaccinated players compete – as he overrules the PM’s claim they could quarantine

  • Andrews said VIC would not be applying for exemptions for unvaxxed players
  • Scott Morrison had earlier said the players could come into Aus and quarantine 
  • Victorian premier said he couldn’t ask the crowd to be jabbed and not players 


The Australian Open has been thrown into chaos after Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the door to unvaccinated athletes entering the country – but Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews quickly objected.

Mr Morrison announced tennis players who have not been jabbed would be allowed into the country for the summer competition provided they apply for a skilled worker travel exemption and undergo 14-day quarantine.

But that sparked fury from Mr Andrews who hit out at the PM’s decision, saying: ‘What I want to make very clear is that the state of Victoria will not be applying for any exemptions for unvaccinated players.’  

It is now unclear whether or not tennis stars who aren’t vaccinated will be required to quarantine if they attend the event at Melbourne Park – or if they will be allowed into the state at all. 

Andrews’ comments could rule out some of the world’s biggest tennis stars from competing in the Australian Open.

The top three ranked male tennis stars – Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev – have all refused to reveal their vaccination status citing medical privacy.

Meanwhile, a recent report by The Association of Tennis Professionals has revealed that just 35% of men’s players and 40% of female players on tour are double-jabbed.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said his state would not be applying for exemptions for unvaccinated tennis players ahead of the Australian Open. Pictured is Novak Djokovic after his win this year

The Victorian Premier’s comments came just hours after Mr Morrison insisted unvaccinated players would be given an exemption to play.

‘They’ll have to quarantine for two weeks, just in the same way a skilled worker who has come in to fix a boiler … or something like that, they can get exemptions to do that,’ he told 2GB earlier on Wednesday. 

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Should unvaccinated tennis players be allowed to compete in the Australian Open?

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  • No 332 votes

‘We’ve been providing exemptions for workers to come in to do these types of things all the way through the pandemic.’  

Firing back later, Mr Andrews said his decision was made on the ‘behalf of every vaccinated Victorian who has done the right thing’. 

‘We will host the event but we will not be applying for an exemption for unvaccinated players to come here. And that is the only fair thing to do,’ he continued. 

He said the hundreds of thousands of spectators who watch the event will also need to be vaccinated.  

‘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,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘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.’

Earlier Immigration Minister Alex Hawke shared a similar view and said the players should be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country as did any other travellers.    

Mr Andrews' comments contradicted the words of Scott Morrison who earlier on Wednesday said unvaccinated players could enter Australia provided they quarantine for two weeks

Mr Andrews’ comments contradicted the words of Scott Morrison who earlier on Wednesday said unvaccinated players could enter Australia provided they quarantine for two weeks

The tournament will kick off in Melbourne Park in late January with the crowd also required to be double dosed (pictured Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in February 2021)

The tournament will kick off in Melbourne Park in late January with the crowd also required to be double dosed (pictured Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in February 2021)

The Victorian premier said he believed the federal government had also shared that opinion. 

‘Again, I was perfectly supportive of Minister Hawke’s view, which I took to be the view of the Federal Government and it appears that is not the case,’ Mr Andrews said. 

The attention now turns to world No.1 Novak Djokovic who has yet to reveal his vaccination status. 

If the tennis star is unable to change his stance on the mandatory jab, it may mean he’s unable to defend his Australian Open title. 

Speaking last week to Serbian newspaper Blic, the athlete gave away nothing and said he wasn’t certain he would even make the trip to Melbourne. 

‘Things beings as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne,’ Djokovic said.

‘I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry.

‘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.’ 

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