Russian tennis player Andrei Rublev plans to be vaccinated against coronavirus in order to compete at the Australian Open in early 2022.
– Now the situation with Australia is such that if players want to participate without quarantine, they must be vaccinated. As far as I know, Australians are making concessions on the basis of many different vaccines. Maybe I'm wrong.
There is an option that if you do not get the vaccine, then you have to sit in the room for two weeks and cannot go out. Then you won't be able to play either the ATP Cup or tournaments before Australia. That is, two weeks to sit in a room and almost immediately go out to play the Australian Open. This option is not suitable for players.
I think that many will be vaccinated, and those who do not want this will simply skip Australia. In my case, I will be vaccinated, – said Rublev.
The Australian Open will take place from 17 to 30 January 2022.
The 23-year-old Rublev is ranked sixth in the ATP rankings, having won eight titles under the auspices of the organization. At the Australian Open-2021, he reached the quarter-finals.
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Rublev won a gold medal in the mixed category, paired with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.