Nata Vikhlyantseva: Vaccine guidelines Russian out of Australian Open bid

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All gamers must have a double dose of an accredited vaccine, or a medical exemption, to take part on the Australian Open, which takes place from Jan. 17-30.

The Russian Sputnik V is just not on the record of vaccines at the moment accredited by the Australian authorities, leaving former world quantity 54 Vikhlyantseva ineligible to play at Melbourne Park.

“Sadly, I cannot take part on this 12 months (Australian Open),” the 24-year-old mentioned in a submit on Twitter.

“I am actually pleased with a degree of tennis I confirmed on a previous couple of occasions and I want to play in (Australia) however Sputnik is just not verified but.”

At present ranked 194th on the planet, Vikhlyantseva would have needed to get by way of qualifying at Melbourne Park or be awarded a wildcard to make it into the primary singles draw.

Final 12 months, 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.

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