Samantha Stosur: No special exemption for Australian Open regular

The Australian Open is only open to players who are contracted to their country’s national tennis associations

There will be no special player exemptions for Australian Open regularist Samantha Stosur after she opted to miss the 2017 campaign in protest at the Australian government’s new vaccination policy.

World number 29 Stosur is one of only three active women ranked inside the top 50 without a regular match win against a ranked opponent.

All players will be required to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella by the start of the tournament in January 2018.

“As a returning and Olympic gold medallist, I believe the inclusion of measles/mumps/rubella vaccination requirement on a player’s medical declaration is unnecessary,” Stosur wrote in a statement.

Stosur missed the last major tournaments of the year due to a pectoral muscle injury in 2015.

“The Australian Open is open to all participants according to its participation policy,” an Australian Open spokesperson told BBC Sport.

“All players must abide by the rules of participation as determined by the tournament organisers.”

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