BBC: Djokovic Covid tests were valid, Serbian officials say

BBC: Djokovic Covid tests were valid, Serbian officials say. “Prosecutors in Serbia say there is no evidence to suggest that Novak Djokovic submitted falsified Covid test certificates to Australian authorities. A BBC report last week cast doubt over the tests, suggesting the serial numbers were out of sequence with others from a similar time. The tests were provided to exempt him from rules barring unvaccinated people.”

Tennis: Novak Djokovic cops backlash after startling Covid-19 confession (New Zealand Herald)

New Zealand Herald: Tennis: Novak Djokovic cops backlash after startling Covid-19 confession. “Novak Djokovic is copping a tsunami of backlash after the Serbian tennis star admitted to conducting an in-person interview despite knowing he had tested positive to Covid-19. The world No.1 shared a lengthy statement to his 9.9 million Instagram followers on Wednesday afternoon, revealing his agent ‘ticked the incorrect box’ on his travel declaration before entering Australia.”

Novak Djokovic: Australia entry delayed over visa row (BBC)

BBC: Novak Djokovic: Australia entry delayed over visa row. “World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic’s entry to Australia has been delayed over an issue with his visa. The player arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, where authorities noticed that his team had made a mistake on his application. Djokovic is due to play in the Australian Open, after being exempted from vaccination rules.”

Associated Press: US Open players don’t need COVID shots; about half have them

Associated Press: US Open players don’t need COVID shots; about half have them. “When Andy Murray sat in the U.S. Open’s main interview room for a pre-tournament news conference Saturday, the moderator informed the 2012 champion he was allowed to remove the sort of light blue medical mask that has become so ubiquitous during the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the nine players who met with the media in that spot a day earlier, Murray chose to keep his mask on. And unlike roughly half the other men and women who will be taking the court when the year’s last Grand Slam tournament begins Monday, Murray has been vaccinated against COVID-19.”

US Open COVID protocols changed: Fans need vaccination proof (Associated Press)

Associated Press: US Open COVID protocols changed: Fans need vaccination proof. “The U.S. Tennis Association announced Friday that the New York City mayor’s office decided to require proof of vaccination to go into Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main arena at the National Tennis Center. The USTA then opted to extend that rule to cover all ticket-holders who are 12 and older and enter the grounds during the two-week Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday. ”

Covid: Australian Open players frustrated by hotel isolation (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Australian Open players frustrated by hotel isolation. “Several Australian Open tennis players have expressed frustration at being confined to their hotel rooms for two weeks after people on their flights tested positive for coronavirus. At least three players said they might not have gone to the tournament if the rules had been made clear to them. Organisers said the rules were clear, and the event would proceed as planned.”

BBC: Andy Murray says tennis players should ‘probably’ be required to take Covid vaccine

BBC: Andy Murray says tennis players should ‘probably’ be required to take Covid vaccine. “Andy Murray thinks tennis players should “probably” be required to take a Covid-19 vaccine to be able to continue to play on the tour. World number one Novak Djokovic said in April he ‘wouldn’t want to be forced to take a vaccine to be able to travel’. But Murray hopes players would ‘do that for the good of the sport, providing everything has proved to be safe’.”

CNN: US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus

CNN: US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus. “American tennis player Sam Querrey is under scrutiny for leaving Russia on a private jet after testing positive for Covid-19. The 33-year-old and his wife had tested positive for the virus ahead of the St. Petersburg Open… and were placed in quarantine at a five-star hotel, according to the tournament organizers.”

Tennis TourTalk: ITF Opens Davis Cup And Fed Cup Video Archive

Tennis TourTalk: ITF Opens Davis Cup And Fed Cup Video Archive. “Over the course of the next 10 weeks the [International Tennis Federation] will show full matches on its YouTube channel starting with the last time that Spain won the Fed Cup title as Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario clinched a thrilling tie against Switzerland with victory in the doubles over Martina Hingis and Patty Schnyder in 1998.”

UK Web Archive Blog: The Magic of Wimbledon in the UK Web Archive

UK Web Archive Blog: The Magic of Wimbledon in the UK Web Archive. “From the very first Lawn Tennis Championships in 1877, to the introduction of Open tennis in 1968, to the building of roofs on Centre and No.1 Courts. Wimbledon is both the past and the future of tennis. It’s in this same spirit that the Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library has teamed up with the British Library to curate a collection of tennis websites for the UK web archive.”