Zika virus: Australian Open could quarantine players if they do not get Zika shot

Raonic is one of the players who turned down a chance to appear in the Australian Open Australian Open last eight First-round draw: 13-Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) v 24-Adrian Mannarino (France); 7-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) v…

Zika virus: Australian Open could quarantine players if they do not get Zika shot

Raonic is one of the players who turned down a chance to appear in the Australian Open

Australian Open last eight First-round draw: 13-Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) v 24-Adrian Mannarino (France); 7-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) v Denis Shapovalov (Canada); 1-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v Frances Tiafoe (US); 21-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v Michael Mmoh (US); 21-Fabio Fognini (Italy) v Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic); 7-John Isner (US) v 17-Kyle Edmund (Britain); 8-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Marin Cilic (Croatia); 13-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) v Steve Johnson (US); 6-Milos Raonic (Canada) v 22-Ivan Dodig (Croatia); 13-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) v Juan Monaco (Argentina); 7-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) v Gael Monfils (France); 5-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Sam Querrey (US); 14-Rafael Nadal (Spain) v Yen-Hsun Lu (Taiwan); 7-Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) v Robin Haase (Netherlands); 20-Lucas Pouille (France) v 16-Milos Raonic (Canada); 7-Kyle Edmund (Britain) v 16-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)

The chief executive of Tennis Australia has warned that players could be “quarantined” from the Australian Open if they refused to be vaccinated against the Zika virus.

Australian Sam Stosur lost to Sam Querrey at last month’s Wimbledon, but could not play the tournament because of a virus that has affected fans and players.

A reported 160 people have contracted Zika at the tournament in just the last two weeks.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley warned there could be consequences for players should they not get vaccinated.

“It’s more serious than most people are willing to understand,” he said.

“This is a public health issue, not just an illness. It could be as simple as a tiny population size being reduced because a few could get it and get badly affected.”

Britain’s Andy Murray is among the players whose health has been affected by the virus.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion withdrew from Wimbledon in June because of illness, and the issue also caused him to miss the French Open.

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