January 17, 2022

Tennis Australia sweating on COVID ‘questions’

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley says the organisation is working with the federal government as the brand new COVID-19 variant Omicron threatens to spoil the summer time of tennis.

The World Well being Organisation (WHO) declared the brand new model of coronavirus that was found in South Africa as “a variant of concern”.

Because it stands, the Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 17.

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Resulting from strict well being orders in Victoria, gamers arriving within the nation, in addition to the followers in attendance, will need to have proof of getting taken a COVID-19 vaccination as a part of a state mandate.

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And whereas the vaccine mandate has cast doubts on the availability of superstars Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, the brand new COVID-19 variant could be the largest problem going through the match.

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“We knew once we introduced the occasion there can be some extra challenges – that is simply the character of the world we have been dwelling in for the previous two years,” Tiley advised 9’s Sports activities Sunday.

“We’re nonetheless ready. I have been speaking to the federal government… there’s nonetheless loads of unanswered questions round this [new COVID-19 variant].

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“I feel within the subsequent 14 days we can have some readability, however at this level, the plans are going forward as they’re.

“We’re trying ahead to 100 per cent capability crowd… the primary constitution flight arrives on the 28th of December.”

The Tennis Australia boss stated he hopes to get extra data earlier than the match will get underway.

“There’s nonetheless so much to play out. There’s loads of unanswered questions, which we are going to hopefully get to quickly,” Tiley added.

“However at this level, all the things is because it was two days in the past.”

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