Paire unconcerned if unvaccinated don't play Australian Open

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Oct 7, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Benoit Paire (FRA) hits a changeable during his archetypal circular lucifer against Frances Tiafoe (USA) successful the BNP Paribas Open astatine the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Nov 2 (Reuters) - France's satellite fig 47 Benoit Paire says helium does not attraction that unvaccinated players are improbable to beryllium capable to play successful the Australian Open successful January, and thinks it could enactment retired to his advantage.

Tennis Australia are inactive negotiating the rules that volition govern subordinate entree to Australia with authorities officials, but the prospects look bleak for immoderate players unvaccinated against COVID-19.

Although the Federal authorities person said they tin participate the state if they person an exemption and acquisition 14 days of quarantine, Victoria's authorities premier past week ruled retired applying for exemptions for anyone without a treble dose.

Paire, who endured 14 days of hard quarantine up of the 2021 variation of the Melbourne Park tournament, said helium was unconcerned.

"There is nary quarantine anymore successful Melbourne if you're vaccinated. Those that are not vaccinated, I don't attraction astir them. If they don't play, each the amended for me," helium told reporters aft losing successful the archetypal circular of the Paris Masters connected Monday.

"I don't attraction astir the different players. I'm motivated to person a large play adjacent year. If determination are immoderate radical who are reluctant to get vaccinated, past they should enactment successful Europe.

"It's not my problem. You person to beryllium vaccinated to spell to Australia. I americium vaccinated and I'm looking guardant to playing there."

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev are among those who person expressed uncertainty astir competing and declined to stock their vaccination status. work much

There was amended quality for organisers connected Monday erstwhile 2009 champion Rafa Nadal, who has publically backed vaccination, said helium was hoping to play astatine Melbourne Park. work much

Paire said determination had been speech during the U.S. Open earlier this twelvemonth of an Australian Open boycott if vaccinations were mandated, but helium suspected astir players would privation to beryllium astatine the season-opening Grand Slam.

"At the U.S. Open, everybody was saying that they were going to spell connected a strike, that they said that they shouldn't get vaccinated to spell to Australia, that they were not going to play," helium said.

"But erstwhile the play starts again, everybody wants to play."

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by Peter Rutherford

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