There could be a turning point in view of the Australian Open 2022 regarding player participation. According to an indiscretion from the New York Times, it is not excluded that even unvaccinated tennis players can participate in the tournament - differently from what has been declared so far by the Victorian government - subject to a 14-day quarantine to be observed at the hotel.
On the other hand, those who have instead undergone the entire vaccination cycle would enjoy "complete freedom of movement" Indiscretion that bases its bases on an e-mail that the WTA sent to the players but whose content, probably, could be extended to male colleagues (at the moment the question remains unresolved).
It goes without saying that a possible opening of the Australian Open also to players without vaccines and, consequently, a green pass, would be great news for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion in the past professed to be 'no-vax' and therefore his presence at Melbourne Park could be at risk under current conditions, but with regard to vaccines aimed at combating Covid-19 he never wanted to reveal his current situation medical.
For the world number 1 there would therefore be strong chances of defending the title won in the 2021 edition against Daniil Medvedev (7-5 6-2 6-2), then retaliated by breaking Djokovic's dream of hitting the 'Calendar Grand Slam' winning the US Open on September 12th.
Returning to the content of the WTA email published by Ben Rothenberg - which contradicts previous statements by the authorities who had 'threatened' not to grant visas to unvaccinated players - it explains that, unlike those who had the doses inoculated provided by the vaccination plan, those who have not done so will not only have to observe a 14-day quarantine but will also be obliged to undergo regular tests.
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Per email sent to WTA players just now, Tennis Australia has told WTA PC that fully vaccinated players won’t be required to quarantine or bubble at all.
Unvaccinated players will be allowed to enter, TA tells WTA, but must do 14 days of hotel quarantine.
Basel dedicates a tram to Roger Federer
In these hours, the Swiss champion Roger Federer can be very satisfied with a tribute received from his hometown, the much adored Basel: in fact, a tram entirely dedicated and named after the 40-year-old tennis player has been officially set up, with images that retrace his important and long adventure in the ATP Tour.
Many pages of written history, a player capable of being effective and among the best in the world in several generations, who is now dealing with advanced age and a physical condition that is not at its best, which does not allow him much continuity on the court.
The athlete born in 1981, during the inauguration, said and underlined: "The project was very important to me. This is why it is a great honor to be able to see the vehicle on the streets of Basel in the future."
Then he added on his social channels, retracing the emotions of the early years: "Thanks for the incredible tribute. It seems like yesterday that I was a boy who trained every day… We just have to get on board the Federer express!" A magnificent creation on the vehicle, in which some iconic images of the tennis player's career are depicted: from the movement of some shots that have made him famous, for accuracy but above all for the style, to the various triumphs, such as the lifting of the trophy of the Us Open.
Switzerland holds tight to its champion, who in recent days had declared eternal love for his homeland, defining it as one of his favorite places: "It's the country I miss most when I travel around the Tour," he explained.