World number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas has said he will only get the COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes mandatory to participate in tennis.
While the Men’s ATP Tour has publicly encouraged players to get vaccinated, the 23-year-old is among those who still have reservations.
“Nobody told me anything. Nobody made vaccination compulsory,” the Greek player told reporters when asked if he would look for a vaccine at a competition in the United States.
“At some point I will have to do it, I’m pretty sure of that, but until now it wasn’t mandatory to compete so I didn’t, no,” he said. -he declares.
Tsitsipas received a first round pass of the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati.
He reached the Roland Garros final in June, but suffered a shocking first-round exit at Wimbledon, where he told reporters he found it difficult to live and compete in the COVID-19 bubble.
The COVID-19 vaccine has divided opinions within tennis.
World number 1 Novak Djokovic said in April that he hoped the COVID-19 vaccine would not become mandatory for players to compete and declined to answer questions about his own vaccine status.
However, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, 20 times Grand Slam winners, believe that athletes must play their part to regain some form of normalcy.
Federer said in May that he had received the Pfizer vaccine, while Nadal said: “The only way out of this nightmare is vaccination. Our responsibility as human beings is to accept it.
“I know there is a percentage of people who will suffer from side effects, but the effects of the virus are worse.”
Spectators will not be allowed to attend this month’s US Open qualifying rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Tennis Association said last week.
The USTA has previously said it will allow full fan capacity for the main part of the tournament.