Nick Kyrgios is a participant not a coverage maker, however he believes Australia ought to have a transparent coverage on unvaccinated gamers.
Kyrgios, who’s vaccinated, mentioned given the practically 300-day lockdown Melbourne residents have endured throughout the pandemic he would not consider it is morally proper to allow unvaccinated gamers into the nation to play the 2022 Australian Open.
“I don’t assume it’s morally proper to just accept gamers from abroad who aren’t vaccinated to return into our nation,” Kyrgios posted on his Instagram stories.
The 26-year-old Kyrgios made his assertion on Instagram to make clear remarks he beforehand made on his “No Boundaries” podcast the place he recommend the 2022 Australian Open ought to probably be cancelled because of the state of affairs in Melbourne.
“It’s extra so for the folks of Melbourne who’ve gone by hell and again, Kyrgios mentioned. “I feel it’s been 275 days, practically 300 days of lockdown, and your freedom has been taken away from you.
“I don’t assume it’s morally proper to just accept gamers from abroad who aren’t vaccinated to return into our nation.”
The Australian Open begins on January seventeenth.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has mentioned he’ll decide on taking part in the season’s first Grand Slam after Tennis Australia points it is Coronavirus security protocol. Djokovic, who has declined to disclose his vaccination standing, has beforehand mentioned he opposes necessary vaccinations for gamers.
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has additionally declined to share if he has been vaccinated, however has mentioned he does plan to play the Melbourne main.
On his podcast, Kyrgios expressed assist for long-time nemesis Djokovic and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who’s unvaccinated and at the moment not taking part in for the Nets.
“Kyrie, Novak—these guys have given a lot, sacrificed a lot,” Kyrgios mentioned. “They’re world athletes who tens of millions of individuals look as much as. I simply assume it’s so morally incorrect to drive somebody to be vaccinated.
“I’m double vaccinated, however I simply don’t assume it’s proper to drive anybody [to be vaccinated] and say ‘you possibly can’t come and play right here since you’re not vaccinated’. There are different options round it, [including] to get examined day by day.
“Within the States I do know they’ve bought speedy assessments, and it’s coming to Australia.”
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