Australian Open: Tournament director Craig Tiley expects up to 90 per cent to be vaccinated on time for Grand Slam


Craig Tiley, the CEO of the Australian Open, expects up to 90% of professional players to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time the Grand Slam begins in January, but is doubtful if Novak Djokovic will be one of them. A full calendar of warm-up tournaments has also been released.

Victoria state’s strict vaccination mandate has motivated players to get their shots before Melbourne Park, where fans and staff will also be banned if unvaccinated.

“Today more than 85 per cent are (vaccinated),” Tiley said of professional players on local radio station SEN on Thursday.

“And we take a lot of credit for that because we put a vaccination requirement on it.

“We think by the time we get to January it will be between 90-95 per cent vaccinated because if you’re not, you cannot play.”