The Kooyong Classic has once again been scrapped due to Covid.© Instagram
A big warm-up tournament for the Australian Open was canceled on Tuesday, with organizers blaming the uncertainty over Covid-19 rules facing players in Melbourne. This is the second year that the Kooyong Classic, which is usually played in the weeks before the season-opening Grand Slam, has been scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kooyong President Adam Cossar said he was disappointed that the event could not take place in January 2022, but hopes it will return in 2023. “With the great degree of uncertainty over the past few months about the arrangements that would be in place in January, it is not possible to make the best plans to deliver the best and safest sport (event),” he said in a statement. statement said.
Players are still awaiting clarification on whether they need to be fully vaccinated to take part in the Australian Open, also in Melbourne, and other tennis tournaments in the country.
Such a requirement would cast doubt on nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic’s ability to defend his title – he is one of many players who have refused to share their vaccination status.
A WTA email leaked this week suggested that players who have not been vaccinated can participate provided they complete 14 days in hotel quarantine. However, double-stitch players will enjoy “complete freedom of movement”.
However, the premier of Victoria – the state where the Grand Slam is being held – said he wanted all players to be vaccinated in full.
“All the people who watch tennis at the Australian Open are going to be double-washed, all the people who work there are going to be double-washed,” Dan Andrews told public radio.
“It goes without saying that if you want to come to the country to be part of that tournament, you also have to be double-washed,” he added.