Andy Murray welcomes restrictions on unvaccinated players at Australian Open

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray has confirmed he’s had the coronavirus vaccine (Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Andy Murray will support any restrictions put in place for unvaccinated tennis players taking part in the Australian Open next year.

Organisers are reportedly considering introducing tighter restrictions on those who have not been jabbed against coronavirus when the first Grand Slam of the year gets underway in mid-January.

Tennis Australia have remained tight-lipped on what protocols could be in place but Murray is in support of action local authorities could put in place to help reduce the spread of the virus.

‘My understanding is if you’re unvaccinated you’re still allowed to play, it’s just the rules are going to be different,’ Murray said after crashing out of the BNP Paribas Open to Alexander Zverev.

‘You might just have to leave [for Australia] a few weeks earlier than everyone else.

‘That’s the player’s choice. If the local Government puts that in place then I would support that.

‘It would be great if more players got vaccinated.

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The Australian Open will welcome the world’s best tennis players back in January (Picture: Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

‘Australia, in particular, has been very, very strict over there.

‘The public there have had to endure a painful 18 months or whatever.

‘If people are going to come into the country and potentially risk an outbreak in their community, yeah, that’s understandable.’

Murray’s comments come a few days after Victoria sports minister Martin Pakula urged tennis players to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to give themselves the best chance of playing the Grand Slam in Melbourne.

Australia have endured heavy periods of lockdown in the past 18 months in a bid to combat the spread of the virus and Victoria state has introduced a vaccine mandate for all professional athletes.

Authorities have yet to clarify whether athletes from overseas or other Australian states must also vaccinate ahead of the Australian Open.

‘If I was an ATP or WTA player, I’d be getting vaccinated,’ Pakula said.

‘That will give them the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open with the more minimal restrictions that might be in place for those people.’

It’s unclear how many tennis stars have been vaccinated with many reluctant to reveal publicly their status, but the likes of Novak Djokovic have previously made clear they hope vaccines don’t become mandatory for players on tour.


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