GOLDSBORO, N.C. – As if not enough unpredictability is occurring at the 2017 U.S. Open, the organizers of next year’s Australian Open, the oldest major championship, are dealing with potential problems as well.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, four unnamed players who are unvaccinated, were welcomed into the grounds of Coolum course in Queensland without proper quarantine measures in place.
An Australian Open spokesperson declined to comment, only to provide a statement to the publication.
The Australian Open first started in 1891 and hosts the majority of the world’s top players. According to the statement, quarantine procedures were put in place for all international athletes entering the area to provide further protection. However, simply being out of quarantine as a result of the soccer championship results in a player entering the field.
The players appeared to be unaware they had entered the fairways and traps during the FIFA World Cup – the first international competition since the 1995 World Cup for which quarantine protocols were not in place.
Besides making tabloid headlines, the players will now be subject to inclement weather conditions.
“Due to the news in the media today the Australia Open has implemented a heightened re-entry policy for all players which will result in those players who were not initially screened for infectious diseases entering the golf course after expiry of the quarantine period,” the statement said.
“Due to these new guidelines, an affected player will automatically be denied access to the golf course. It is expected that once the players complete the quarantine period, they will be able to access the golf course and participate in the 2018 Australian Open.”
The FIFA World Cup which ran for 66 days, commenced in June 2015 and concluded in July 2016, ending with France defeating Portugal for the title.
France’s achievement captivated and enthralled the entire soccer world, and despite a frail economy and controversy regarding it’s owner, the French government will never again hold it’s tournament in such style.
For now, it is all unknowns with each new Australian Open issue.