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Australian Open confirms players must be fully vaccinated for 2022 event******
SYDNEY, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Australian Open Director Craig Tiley confirmed on Saturday that players must be fully vaccinated to take part in the upcoming tournament in January 2022.。
"There's a lot of speculation about vaccination and just to be really clear, when the Premier announced that everyone on site ... will need to be vaccinated ... we made that clear to the playing group," Tiley told local news outlet 9news.。
The remarks will put further pressure on World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who has refused to comment on his vaccination status. As the state of Victoria where Melbourne locates required all players in major events to be fully vaccinated, the ban could put Djokovic's chances of a Grand Slam in jeopardy.。
Despite this, the tournament is expected to welcome a couple of big names including Rafa Nadal, Ash Barty, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka.。
The tournament also announced the back of a full Grand Slam program including two weeks of lead in tournaments, the return of AO Qualifying and the AO Junior Championships.。
A brand new 5,000-seat stadium and a new dining precinct, along with media facilities and broadcast studios, revealing the final stage of the 10-year redevelopment of the Melbourne Park, will be unveiled during the two-week event scheduled from Jan. 17 to 30.。
Record crowds are also expected for AO wheelchair events, as multi-Grand Slam champion and Paralympic gold medallist Dylan Alcott plays his final tournament before retiring from the sport. Enditem。
华商报记者 杨平 马群
US follows Canada, Europe on Russian aircraft ban******
A Russian Aeroflot Airlines plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport on February 22.
The United States will follow the European Union and Canada in banning Russian flights from its airspace, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday evening, in a move likely to trigger Russian retaliation.
United Airlines and United Parcel Service said on Tuesday they had suspended flying over Russian airspace, joining other major US carriers Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.
"I am announcing that we will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding an additional squeeze on their economy," Biden said in his State of the Union address.
The White House had held extensive talks with US airlines about the issue in recent days.
The ban will take effect by the end of Wednesday.
Russian flights were already effectively barred from US destinations for the most part in recent days because of bans on the use of Canadian and European airspace.
Some foreign governments had privately questioned why the United States did not move faster to ban Russian planes, as had some US lawmakers.
The European Union had said on Tuesday that it was speaking to US counterparts about extending the ban as it gave more details of the EU's closure of airspace to Russian aircraft imposed after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Airlines already face potentially lengthy blockages of key east-west flight corridors after the EU and Moscow issued tit-for-tat airspace bans.
Global supply chains, already hit hard by the pandemic, will face increasing disruption and cost pressure from the closure of the skies which will affect over a fifth of air freight.
Hardest hit are likely to be Russian carriers, which make up approximately 70 percent of the flights between Russia and the EU.
Transport between Europe and North Asian destinations like Japan, South Korea and China is in the front line of disruption after reciprocal bans barred European carriers from flying over Siberia and prevented Russian airlines from flying to Europe.
Airlines responsible for moving around 20 percent of the world's air cargo are affected by those bans, Frederic Horst, managing director of Cargo Facts Consulting, told Reuters on Tuesday.
Germany's Lufthansa, Air France KLM, Finnair and Virgin Atlantic have already canceled North Asian cargo flights over closed access to airspace.
Scandinavian airline said it would re-route its once-weekly Copenhagen-Shanghai service to avoid Russian airspace, and had also paused its Copenhagen-Tokyo service.
Major Asian carriers like Korean Air Lines and Japan's ANA Holdings are still using Russian airspace, however, as are Middle Eastern airlines.
Russian airlines are also feeling the pinch with airline Pobeda, state airline Aeroflot's low-cost carrier, facing requests from a number of leasing companies to return their planes, the Interfax news agency reported.
Pure cargo carriers like Russia's AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Luxembourg's Cargolux are subject to the bans in a move that could send air freight rates – already elevated due to a lack of passenger capacity during the pandemic – soaring further.
"The flights become more expensive due to the longer routes," said Stefan Maichl, an analyst at Germany's Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg."