Australia’s tennis ace Nick Kyrgios has put his sensational statements about the cancellation of the Australian Open into perspective.
“I don’t want that Australian Open be canceled, I live for it, “said Kyrgios in an Instagram story.” I hope the Open takes place. But they should be safe and everything should go right. “The Grand Slam tournament begins on January 17, 2022 in Melbourne.
The 26-year-old had said in his podcast “No Boundaries”: “I don’t think the Australian Open should take place, if only because of the people in Melbourne – you have to send a message.” This sentence had been taken out of context and not meant by him, Kyrgios now clarified.
No exception for unvaccinated players
It is about the people in Melbourne, “who have gone through hell” and were in lockdown for almost 300 days. As a result, Kyrgios does not believe “that it is morally correct to allow overseas players who have not been vaccinated to enter our country”. At the same time, he thinks it is “morally wrong” to force these players to get vaccinated. “I’m double-vaccinated, but I just don’t think it’s right to force someone to get vaccinated and say, ‘You can’t play here because you haven’t been vaccinated,” “Kyrgios said on the podcast.
The Prime Minister of the State of Victoria had stated that unvaccinated players would not be granted an exemption to enter the country. The conditions would be very strict with a strict two-week hotel quarantine. As a result, defending champion Novak Djokovic’s start in Melbourne is still open. The world number one from Serbia, who recovered from a corona disease last year, does not want to disclose his vaccination status.
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