Andy Murray wants more tennis players to obtain the Covid vaccination before the Australian Open, after warning that it could be abolished.
ANDY MURRAY is hoping that more tennis players get inoculated before the Australian Open.
Tournament organizers in Australia may demand stars to be doubly jabbed or face quarantine.
Despite traveling across the world every week, some players on the WTA and ATP Tours have been hesitant to receive any Covid vaccinations.
During the 2020 lockout, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic came out as an anti-vaxxer, but has since declined to clarify if he has been vaccinated.
“My understanding is that if you’re unvaccinated, you’re still permitted to play,” Murray, 34, who has taken his two doses, said.
“It’s just that the regulations will be different, which is understandable.”
“Australia, in particular, has been extremely tough.”
“The people in that area have had to suffer a torturous 18 months or so.”
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“It’s acceptable if folks are going to come into the country and risk an outbreak in their town or anything.
“This isn’t to suggest you won’t be able to play. It’s possible that you’ll have to leave a few weeks earlier than the rest of the group.
“It’s up to the player to decide.” If the local government does that, I’d be in favor of it.
“It would be fantastic if more players were immunized. Vaccination is something I believe in. I’m hoping that more players participate.” It comes as Victoria’s sports minister Martin Pakula warned that if stars haven’t had a jab, they could be barred from competing in the Grand Slam in January.
“If I were an ATP or WTA player, I’d be getting vaccinated,” he remarked.
“That will offer them the best chance to compete in the Australian Open with the fewer restrictions that may be in place for certain players.”
“I don’t know whether or not unvaccinated persons are permitted in (to Australia).”
“I expect that to be a topic of debate among the national cabinet and the federal cabinet.”
“As for the rules that may apply around the Australian Open in particular, we’re talking to Tennis Australia and the Department of Health about that.”
Murray, meanwhile, will not compete in the Davis Cup finals next month because he believes he does not ‘deserve’ a spot on the British team.
The former world number one has a long history with the tennis team tournament, having led Leon Smith’s squad to a stunning triumph in 2015.
Despite this, the two-time Wimbledon winner has no plan of playing group matches in Innsbruck, Austria, with the knockout phases taking place in Madrid.
Murray received bruises to his face when he competed in the inaugural event in the Spanish capital two years ago… Brinkwire Brief News.