Andy Murray: Tennis star says players ‘have a responsibility’ to get the vaccine


The 34-year-old mentioned he was joyful he had bought the vaccine however is conscious not everybody on the tennis tour is as eager.

“Finally I assume the rationale why all of us are getting vaccinated is to look out for the broader public,” he instructed reporters on Saturday, forward of the beginning of the US Open.

“We’ve a accountability as gamers which are touring the world over to look out for everybody else as nicely.

“I am joyful 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.

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Murray says he's happy to be fully vaccinated.

The tour has been closely affected by the pandemic over the past yr with tournaments solely potential resulting from 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 combating sure restrictions that also apply to them.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic just lately mentioned he hoped vaccines wouldn’t change into obligatory for tennis gamers on tour and mentioned he wouldn’t reveal whether or not he will get one sooner or later.

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 turned necessary.

The 23-year-old from Greece instructed reporters final week that he was fearful in regards to the potential side-effects on the vaccine however was subsequently criticized by the Greek authorities who pushed again on his feedback.

“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 experiences.