Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert says he is not vaccinated against coronavirus so will miss the Australian Open in January; “On the other hand, it is a personal choice not to get the vaccine”
By PA Media
Last Updated: 11/12/21 1:09pm
Pierre-Hugues Herbert has revealed he is not vaccinated against coronavirus and will not be playing at next month’s Australian Open.
Tournament officials last month confirmed that all players must be vaccinated in order to compete in Melbourne with the tournament starting on Monday, January 17.
Herbert was quoted as telling France’s L’Alsace: “Personally, I am not vaccinated and the trip to Australia was not an option for me.
“It is certain that from the moment when I could not go there without being vaccinated, it necessarily complicated things. And there is not only Australia. Today, there is the United States, Austria…It is a rather complex topic.
“On the other hand, it is a personal choice not to get the vaccine.”
Herbert and fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut were champions in the men’s doubles at the 2019 Australian Open.
They claimed their fifth Grand Slam title as a pair at this year’s French Open.