Australian Open | COVID will not disappear … – Tennis Sports

The fact that COVID-19 is still present when Belgian Van Yutvank tested positive for the virus after playing at the Australian Open, which picked up an Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Melbourne. It was pushed back.

I believe in science. I believe in vaccination. That’s what I did for myself. As an entity, as an association of WTAs traveling the world, we still have to respect countries, different countries, different obligations, and different legalities of those countries. Victoria Azarenka

“My exit test in Melbourne to return to Belgium has returned positive,” she said on social media a few days ago. “I separate all requirements and follow them.”

Van Witvank, who was eliminated in the second round of singles by Wang Chang of China on Wednesday, teamed up with Clara Tauson to lose three sets in the opening round of the women’s doubles on Thursday at Court 14 in Melbourne Park. I enjoyed it. Played Danielle Collins in a single on Saturday.

“I’m showing very mild symptoms and I’m looking forward to getting back on track,” the Belgian added.

Vaccinated people are protected from being severely infected with COVID, but if they are infected with the virus, they are not at great risk of getting sick.

Many spectators at the Australian Open abandoned their masks, even though they had to abandon their masks as a condition of admission.

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Emotions arose after the masking spectators were sent off from Melbourne Park last week, and in another case there was a dispute among fans over wearing masks.

The brawl began between a fan wearing a mask and two others who took off the mask, but there are no reports of how this started or who instigated it.

The AO organizer requires all participants to wear masks except eating and drinking. Everyone over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have valid medical exceptions and must present a digital medical certificate for entry.

That wasn’t the only problem off the court. It was revealed after the mask-prevention spectators were sent off from Rod Laver Arena in the third-seeded Alexander Zverev and Daniel Altmaier all-Germany match.

Fans began chanting “masks don’t work” before being led by police officers.

He used to put up a sign protesting Maskman Date, even when asked to refrain from doing so.

After his match, Zverev said more players probably have COVID-19 because they haven’t been tested enough regularly.

“We are allowed to go out and eat, and we are allowed to do what we like, so I think it’s natural for more people to get infected with COVID,” Zverev said. Spoke to reporters after sending Australia’s John Millman in a straight set in the second round. “I think a good number of players had it when they arrived.

“I think quite a few players have it now.

“We haven’t taken the test, so in a way, I think we’ll get more positive results than we do now.”

According to Australia’s ABC News, players will have to do a rapid antigen test themselves daily, but supervised testing will take place between the day of arrival and the 5th to 7th of the stay.

Bernard Tomic criticized the COVID-19 testing protocol at the qualifying tournament. “I can’t believe no one has been tested.

“They allow players to do quick tests in their room and come to the court … there is no official PCR test.”

Australians tested positive two days later, but Frenchman Ugo Hamburg also tested positive for the coronavirus last Wednesday, the day after his compatriot Richard Gasquet’s defeat in the first round, for a week in Australia. He said he was forced to quarantine. ..

Zverev said the 24-year-old Olympic champion sought his first Grand Slam title, so he took all precautions to prevent the infection and remained in his bubble.

“I’m here to play tournaments. I understand that there are many cases in Melbourne and many in Australia,” he said.

“So I don’t do much outside, I haven’t been to a restaurant yet, I haven’t gone out.

“I’ve never been anywhere other than a hotel room and court, so I’m doing a bubble for myself just because I don’t want to take risks. Give yourself the best chance possible. I want to do it well here. “

Zverev was angry with Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the fourth round on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic is accompanied by his flight from Melbourne after the deportation is confirmed


Meanwhile, discussions have continued in the wake of the recent Novak Djokovic visa blunder that led to the deportation of Serbs from Australia, with all players and staff vaccinated unless there is good medical reason. Many people ask for ATP and WTA tours to require them to take it, because they can’t, but there are legal considerations currently being taken under the advice.

Victoria Azarenka, a former world No. 1 member of the WTA Players Council, believed last week that vaccination was socially responsible and the WTA was right to encourage it. He said there was legality surrounding Mandate. No matter how convenient it may be.

“I believe in science. I believe in vaccination. After reaching the third round of the Australian Open, she told reporters.” As an entity, as an association of WTAs, As we travel around the world, we need to respect countries, different countries, different obligations, and different legalities of each country.

“Some countries don’t allow delegation. I think it can be difficult to legally impose something on a WTA tour. I think that’s what we’re facing.”

Djokovic and several other unvaccinated athletes and staff arrived in Australia and received a medical exemption that would have allowed them to enter the country without vaccination.

After that, some visas were revoked and the individual returned home. This highlighted the disconnect between Tennis Australia and Australian state and state authorities, which has an independent panel to evaluate applications and provide tax exemptions.

Azarenka said he suspected that a clearer rule could have prevented the entire case.

“I don’t think anyone looks good in any case,” she said. “It has become a little circus.

“I think we need to take a very strict view of this situation in the future. As soon as there is a gray area in the rule, I think it will give a little more questions, and this situation will happen. ..

“I think we need a black and white approach for certain things.”

As cases of COVID fluctuate around the world, countries are changing immigration requirements, but the United States and France are now one of the countries that require full vaccination of visitors entering the border. This means that you may not have access to Indian Wells, Miami, or the French Open. For some players.

Today, World Government and tournament organizers, especially Grand Slams and other large tournaments, are required to act swiftly to clarify the rules.

According to a report released on Monday, Djokovic will be able to play Roland Garros after French authorities have approved a new rule that allows people who have tested positive for Covid in the last six months. I had the virus in December to be exempt from the tournament starting May 22nd.

This is how the blunder in Australia began.

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