Townsville Bulletin

Djoker’s not wild about vaccines


NOVAK Djokovic will not be allowed to play at next year’s Australian Open if he is not fully vaccinated.

Immigratio­n Minister Alex Hawke confirmed on Wednesday morning that any sports stars hoping to compete in Australia this summer would need to have had both doses of a Tga-approved vaccine.

“Our health advice is that when we open the borders, everyone that comes to Australia will have to be double vaccinated,” Mr Hawke told RN Breakfast.

Mr Hawke’s blunt message comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday he did not think unvaccinat­ed tennis players would get a visa to enter the country. If they did, he said they would face quarantine and vaccinated players would not.

Later on Wednesday, Health Minister Greg Hunt added: “Our rules are clear, they apply to everyone without fear or favour.”

Djokovic, the top-ranked male player who is chasing his fourth straight Australian Open title and 10th overall, has declined to reveal whether he has been vaccinated.

“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.”

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