A ban of three years could be the price for any player who attempts to pass off a fake COVID certificate in the hope of getting around strict regulations at January’s Australian Open.

That’s the word from the ATP, which also reserves the right to impose fines to miscreants, according to French sports daily l’Equipe.

While No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the most noted of the tennis vaxx sceptics, the ATP is not putting it past others to try and slip into the entry without actually having been jabbed.

The sanctioning body accepts that COVID vaccination requirements are likely to become part of the tennis landscape sooner rather than later in 2022.

Violations of the COVID clause will fall under code of conduct regulations which bring disrepute to the sport.

Fines could range up to EUR 100,000 and possible suspension for three years.

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