Victoria, with Melbourne as the capital, has mandatory vaccination for all professional athletes, but the authorities have not yet clarified whether athletes from overseas or other Australian states must also be vaccinated.
“If I were an ATP or WTA player, I would be vaccinated,” Pakula told local radio station SEN.
“This will provide them with the best opportunity to participate in the Australian Open, and the restrictions on these people may be even smaller.”
The Australian Tennis Association, which organizes the Grand Slam tournament, has not disclosed the player arrangements for the upcoming tournament in January.
However, it is expected that fully vaccinated players will have more freedom to move around and may be able to avoid the country’s mandatory quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
Australia’s borders are actually still closed to non-residents, and Pakula said he did not know whether he would allow unvaccinated people to enter the country before the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.
“I suspect this will be the subject of discussion between the national and federal cabinets,” he said.
“As for the rules that may apply to the Australian Open, specifically, we are discussing this with the Australian Tennis Association and the Ministry of Health.”
Due to the efforts of the authorities to control the highly contagious delta virus outbreak while launching vaccinations, Melbourne has been locked down for several months.
When 70% of adults are fully vaccinated, Victoria will lift some of the lockdown restrictions. According to official forecasts, this should be in late October.
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