Australian Open might ban players who haven’t been vaccinated

Written by Staff Writer, CNN

Sarah Cardwell, CEO of Tennis Australia, said on Tuesday that players would need to be vaccinated against various viruses if they wished to play in the Australian Open.

Her comments come after health officials in Victoria state — of which Melbourne is the capital — took the unprecedented step last week of issuing a warning to residents, including parents and children, to avoid contact with rodents to protect their families from infection.

Given the potential for norovirus outbreaks, players could potentially get sick enough to be unable to play in the Australian Open — which begins on January 15 — which will be the 16th year the tournament has been held Down Under.

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Cardwell told Reuters: “If it’s a rat and the rat is having a sneeze or cough and is ingesting any virus, then the virus can go to a player.

“We have to put the safety of the players ahead of the safety of the athletes,” she added.

The Australian Open will take place at Melbourne Park from January 15 to 28, 2018.

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