Ashleigh Barty: Australian shows up Novak Djokovic with perfect vaccination response

Ash Barty, Novak Djokovic

World number one Ashleigh Barty has offered her thoughts on mandatory vaccination for tennis players ahead of the Australian Open next year.

Melbourne has introduced a vaccine mandate for professional athletes and this is set to impact a number of players on tour, who are yet to be jabbed.

Back in August, freelance tennis reporter, Ben Rothenberg said that roughly 50 percent roughly of the men and women who were competing at the US Open were vaccinated.

Indeed, 20-time major champion Novak Djokovic has repeatedly declined to reveal his vaccination status and stressed how he hoped players would not be forced to have mandatory vaccines in order to compete.

According to Barty, everyone has the right to keep their vaccination status to themselves and the star stressed she wouldn’t judge players based on their decision.

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However, the Australian did confirm that she had taken the vaccine to protect herself and those around her.

Speaking to the Courier Mail, the Wimbledon champion stated: “I didn’t feel there was a need for me to tell everyone whether I was vaccinated or not. I have been vaccinated my whole life.

“I think players are entitled to ...at the end of the day it's part of your medical history. You understand people make decisions for different reasons and you have to respect that.

“From my point of view it’s personal to me. I had my vaccine in April. I was fit and healthy and I was doing it for the people around me to make sure we were safe.

"There is no judgement for me or necessity for me to see what others have done.’’

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Last week, Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said tennis players are “no exception” and are unlikely to be allowed into the country unless they are jabbed in time.

"I don't think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country," he said.

"If they did get a visa they'd probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks.

"If I'm wrong I'm sure the federal government will let you know.

"[The virus] doesn't care what your tennis ranking is, or how many Grand Slams you've won. It's completely irrelevant. You need to be vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to keep others safe."

Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, also confirmed there was no chance rules would be relaxed for certain individuals.

"Not at this time. Our health advice is that when we open the borders, everyone that comes to Australia will have to be double vaccinated," he told ABC Radio.

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