Australia Open lifts quarantine order

Written by Staff Writer, CNN The Australian Open has lifted a temporary ban on unvaccinated players from competing after a move to quarantined them, local media reported. Authorities imposed the ban in response to…

Australia Open lifts quarantine order

Written by Staff Writer, CNN

The Australian Open has lifted a temporary ban on unvaccinated players from competing after a move to quarantined them, local media reported.

Authorities imposed the ban in response to fears about a measles outbreak following a report from the ABC that the Hirschfeld Foundation, a US-based group that works to help children whose parents refuse vaccines, has paid around $175,000 (A$250,000) to promote a tour stop in Sydney.

In a letter obtained by the newspaper and read at the tennis event, Michael Stephens, chief executive of Tennis Australia, said: “We have discussed this with government authorities and have been advised that health protocols are not currently an issue for sporting venues and are therefore not a factor in deciding whether or not to host a tournament or event.

“This advice has now been confirmed to us by the NSW Department of Health.”

Stephens added that unvaccinated players are therefore free to compete in Sydney, as long as health officials are not informed of their plans to attend.

Sam Stosur was one of the first players to return to competition after the report. Credit: AAP/Eddie Jim

That will affect the participation of several top players, including 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur and 2017 runner-up Ashleigh Barty, according to reports.

World No. 1 Andy Murray and second seed Novak Djokovic have both pulled out of the tournament because of injuries.

The Australian Open runs from 15-28 January 2018.

CNN has reached out to Tennis Australia for comment.

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