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Unvaccinated Herbert to miss Aust Open

Former doubles winner Pierre-Hugues Herbert has revealed he’s not vaccinated against coronavirus and won’t play next month’s Australian Open.

Tournament officials last month confirmed that all players must be vaccinated in order to compete in the Melbourne event.

Herbert was quoted as telling France’s L’Alsace newspaper: “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 his fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, the reigning French Open men’s doubles champions and five-time grand slam winners, took the Australian Open crown in 2019.

Herbert, the world’s No.8 doubles player, and Mahut also took the recent doubles title at the ATP Finals.

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