Andrey Rublev set for vaccine U-turn after officials confirm players need to be vaccinated for Australian Open

Andrey Rublev masked up

Andrey Rublev has confirmed he will “get vaccinated” ahead of the 2022 Australian Open following confirmation that players will need to be double-jabbed for the tournament.

After this year’s Australian Open was pushed back to allow players to quarantine ahead of the tournament, it will be a different kettle of fish next year with officials revealing that anyone who wants to enter the country needs to be vaccinated.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke and Health Minister Greg Hunt both confirmed the decision to employ a “no vaccine, no visa” policy for the hard-court Grand Slam.

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It left question marks over the participation of several players, including world No 1 Novak Djokovic, who had previously admitted that he was against vaccine mandate to travel and compete.

Rublev was initially also was in the hesitancy camp, but he confirmed this week that he will get a shot.

“The situation with Australia is such that if the players want to participate without quarantine, they must be vaccinated,” he told Russia’s Tass.

“If you don’t get the vaccine, then just sit in the room for two weeks and that’s it.

“In my case, I’ll get vaccinated. And whoever doesn’t want, I think, will miss the tournament.”