Victoria Azarenka from Belarus hits a forehand against Jasmine Paolini from Italy on the third day of the US Open tennis tournament 2021 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK —Victoria Azarenka advanced to the third round of the US Open on Wednesday with a 6-3 7-6 (1) win over Italian Jasmine Paolini. </ Azarenka made it to the final last year before losing to Naomi Osaka, but did it in empty stadiums as COVID-19 restrictions banned spectators from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
This year they are Fans back, but only those who have a vaccination certificate, and the 18th-placed Belarusian admitted that the rules don’t apply to players as well.
“It was great to play in front of fans again and mostly vaccinated « , said the two-time Australian Open winner, who withdrew from a WTA Tour event in April because it coincided with her planned COVID-19 vaccination.
» For me this is a bit bizarre, that fans need to be vaccinated and players don’t.
« So I think that’s my opinion after it is inevitable that it will eventually be made mandatory like other leagues do.
« I see no point in stopping it because I think we all want to be sure, we all want to keep doing our work. »
The New York City Mayor’s office last week ordered evidence of a vaccine to enter Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the major plays his prime-time games.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Thereupon decided to extend the compulsory vaccination to all participants 12 years and older who enter the sprawling facility.
Both the WTA and the ATP have asked the players to be vaccinated, but some have expressed reservations and the decision to be free of choice explains.
World number three, Stefanos Tsitsipas, said he would only receive the COVID-19 vaccine if tennis became compulsory, which the Greek government strongly criticized.
The world First Novak Djokovic, who is applying to win the Grand Slam in the calendar year at the U.S. Open said in April he hoped the COVID-19 vaccine wouldn’t become mandatory for gamers and declined to answer questions about his own vaccination status.
« I respect everyone’s opinions as long as it does is not a conspiracy theory, « said Azarenka, three-time runner-up at the US Open. « If you actually have decent knowledge and have done the research and have your facts and statistics and research, that’s another conversation.
» I hope we as an association make the best decision for our business, for ours Health, for the tournaments, for the public. «
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