Unvaccinated players will be allowed to compete at the Australian Open, but must complete 14 days in hotel quarantine and undergo regular testing, according to a leaked WTA email Monday.

The rules would also likely apply to the men’s tour, leaving the door open for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to defend his title at Melbourne Park in January.

The email to players from the women’s governing body was leaked to New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg — who posted it on Twitter — and contradicts earlier statements implying unvaccinated players would not be granted visas.

It said players fully inoculated against COVID-19 would not have to quarantine or remain in biosecure bubbles and would enjoy “complete freedom of movement.”

Unvaccinated players, however, would have to undergo two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine and submit to regular testing, the email stated.

“We feel the need to reach out to you all to clear up false and misleading information that has recently been spread by other parties about the conditions the players will be forced to endure at next year’s Australian Open,” the email read.

“Because Victoria’s vaccination rate will hit 80 percent at the end of the week and 90 percent next month, it has been confirmed that conditions for players at the Australian Open will improve significantly.”

Vaccinated players can arrive any time after Dec. 1, must have a negative test within 72 hours of departing for Australia and test negative again within 24 hours of arrival. Otherwise, there will be no restrictions, the email said.

Tennis Australia told AFP it expected to issue a statement later Monday.

Victoria state premier Dan Andrews had said earlier that unvaccinated players were unlikely to get visas, a stance echoed by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.

“Every visitor to Australia will need to be double vaccinated,” Hawke said.

Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, is one of many players who have refused to share their vaccination status, casting doubt over whether he will defend his title.

“I don’t know if I’m going to go to Australia,” he told Serbian newspaper Blic last week, refusing to say whether he was inoculated and calling it “a private matter.”

Melbourne is in Victoria state, which on Friday emerged from one of the world’s most prolonged series of COVID-19 lockdowns — lasting over 260 days overall — since the pandemic began.

It recorded almost 1,500 new cases and a further seven deaths in the past 24 hours, but it is rapidly nearing an 80% vaccination rate.

This year’s Australian Open was hit hard by the pandemic, with all players going through two weeks of quarantine, while crowds were restricted and a five-day snap lockdown was called while the event was ongoing.

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