“Inconceivable”: John Millman Opines on Challenging Quarantine Rules at Australian Open 2022

Published 10/06/2021, 3:55 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The COVID-19 pandemic ravaged both WTA and ATP tours causing numerous tournaments to shut down. As a result, organizers at several events are implementing different quarantine regulations for the players. The latest amongst them being the Australian Open.

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Any tournament organization will have to follow their respective state’s instructions regarding quarantine policy. Now that a significant portion of the world is getting vaccinated quickly, several events had lifted off the bubble rule.

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The Australian Open is planning to have a quarantine period for incoming players in 2022. Even though the overall plan is yet to be revealed properly, it’s safe to say that the quarantine effect will be more for players who are hesitant to get their COVID jabs.

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Australian Open organizers plan to impose quarantine for incoming players in 2022

Even at the US Open, there was no mandate regarding COVID vaccination. But, the happy slam will not let this happen as they plan to place unvaccinated players in some sort of quarantine or the other.

The latest information coming from Melbourne is that even players who got their jabs might be put in an isolated bubble, which would increase the amount of time that a player spends in Melbourne.

John Millman, who is all set to make his debut at the Indian Wells event tomorrow, talked about the impositions by Australian government regarding COVID. He said that the players will have to spend at-least five weeks to play one major tournament.

To return to Australia, you have to imagine a cut-off of at least 5 weeks, with the 15 days of quarantine. Inconceivable. Not to mention the price of the ticket which explodes with the low number of people authorized to return to the country: no less than 15,500 € “, commented the Aussie.

Novak Djokovic might skip Melbourne next year if there’s a vaccine mandate

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Even though there is no official confirmation from Australian Open organizers regarding the quarantine period for vaccinated and unvaccinated players, athletes who attend the first slam in 2022 must be prepared for some kind of isolation.

Also, another pertinent question that arises: Can top players take the risk of abandoning a major for their reluctance to get vaccinated? Recently, Tsitsipas mentioned that if it becomes a mandate, he will definitely take the COVID shot.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

It will be interesting to see the stance of Novak Djokovic if the Australian Open makes a vaccine mandate for incoming players. The World No.1 doesn’t want to lose out the opportunity of winning his 21st slam at his favorite tournament, but his reluctance to get jabbed might stop him from traveling to Australia.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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