SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva has revealed that she shall be unable to journey to Australia and try to play within the first Grand Slam of subsequent yr as a result of her Covid-19 vaccine will not be recognised by native well being authorities.
All gamers must have a double dose of an authorized vaccine, or a medical exemption, to take part on the Australian Open, which takes place from Jan 17-30.
The Russian Sputnik V will not be on the checklist of vaccines at the moment authorized by the Australian authorities, leaving former world No. 54 Vikhlyantseva ineligible to play at Melbourne Park.
“Unfortunately, I will not participate in this year (Australian Open),” the 24-year-old mentioned in a submit on Twitter.
“I’m really happy with a level of tennis I showed on a last few events and I wish to play in (Australia) but Sputnik is not verified yet.”
Currently ranked 194th on the earth, Vikhlyantseva would have needed to get by way of qualifying at Melbourne Park or be awarded a wildcard to make it into the principle singles draw.
Last yr, Vikhlyantseva misplaced to compatriot Valeria Savinykh within the first spherical of Australian Open qualifying, which was moved to Dubai due to the Covid-19 pandemic.