There is still no clarity as regards players participation for the 2022 Australian Open – will those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 be allowed into the country to compete, or not.
I just think it is so morally wrong to force someone to be vaccinated. I’m double vaccinated, but I just don’t think it’s right to force anyone (to be vaccinated) and say ‘you can’t come and play here because you’re not vaccinated Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios, the controversial Australian who has never been slow in expressing his views, has come out in support of Victoria state’s president, Daniel Andrews, who has ruled out exemptions for any players yet to take the jab, unlike the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who says they should!
In fact, Kyrgios has gone as far as to say in his podcast ‘No Boundaries’, that the Australian Open should be cancelled while expressing support of unvaccinated players but has subsequently retracted that statement stating it was taken out of context.
Now he believes the opening grand slam of next season should go ahead but not with unvaccinated players who should not even be allowed in the country!
“Just for clarification, to say that I’d want the Australian Open cancelled, I think that was the sentence that got taken out of context,” Kyrgios said on Tuesday via Instagram.
“It’s more so for the people of Melbourne who have gone through hell and back.
“I think it’s been 275 days of lockdown and your freedom has been, you know, taken away from you.
“I don’t think it’s morally right to accept players from overseas that aren’t vaccinated to come into our country and waltz around Melbourne [with a] free will.
“But for players who are vaccinated, I think that’s an amazing opportunity to get the people of Australia and the city of Melbourne back together for such an amazing sporting event,” he said.
One of the players who could be affected is Novak Djokovic who continues to refuse to reveal whether he is vaccinated or not while also stating that he will make a decision as to whether to participate when the rules of entry are finally confirmed.
Kyrgios does support the right of players – or anyone for that matter – not to be vaccinated and is against making it compulsory.
“I just think it is so morally wrong to force someone to be vaccinated. I’m double vaccinated, but I just don’t think it’s right to force anyone (to be vaccinated) and say ‘you can’t come and play here because you’re not vaccinated’” he said and goes on to offer a suggestion as to how the problem can be overcome.
“There are other solutions around it, (such as) to get tested every day. In the States I know they’ve got rapid tests, and it’s coming to Australia. It’s 85% success rate, you wait 15 minutes and then you’re allowed to play,” he adds.
Another player who could have been affected is Daniil Medvedev but has announced he would be participating in Melbourne though he hasn’t yet revealed if he has been jabbed but has himself said, those competing, should be “clearly be vaccinated.”
When the ‘rules’ will be clarified is not known but the players would no doubt like it to be sooner rather than later.