Andy Murray: Tennis star says players ‘have a responsibility’ to get the vaccine
The 34-year-old mentioned he was glad he had obtained the vaccine however is conscious not everybody on the tennis tour is as eager.
“In the end I assume the explanation why all of us are getting vaccinated is to look out for the broader public,” he advised reporters on Saturday, forward of the beginning of the US Open.
“We now have a duty as gamers which are touring internationally to look out for everybody else as effectively.
“I am glad that I am vaccinated. I am hoping that extra gamers select to have it within the coming months.”
Organizers of subsequent week’s US Open have mentioned followers aged 12 and above should present proof of vaccination to enter the ultimate grand slam of the yr.
Nonetheless, though inspired by the sports activities’ governing our bodies, vaccines are presently not necessary for gamers.
The tour has been closely affected by the pandemic over the past yr with tournaments solely potential as a consequence of strict Covid-19 protocols.
Murray says he is having fun with a “pretty regular” life forward of the US Open however says these unvaccinated athletes could also be scuffling with sure restrictions that also apply to them.
In the meantime, rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who performs Murray within the first spherical of the US Open, mentioned he would solely get the vaccine if it grew to become necessary.
“He doesn’t have the data and research to evaluate the necessity for vaccinations,” authorities spokesman Giannis Oikonomou was quoted as saying in Greek press stories.