The former world number one of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Victoria Azarenka from Belarus, has called for COVID-19 vaccinations to be mandatory for players on the WTA Tour.
After her victory in the second round in the USA against Italian Jasmine Paolini, Azarenka argued that the current stance of the WTA and the Male Equivalents Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to encourage, but not prescribe, vaccinations only delay the inevitable.
Viewers of the Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows must prove their vaccination status prior to entering the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center after the New York City Mayor’s Office and USTA imposed a late change unless they are younger than 12.
As reported by The West Australian, Azarenka said she was confused about why different rules apply to spectators and players, and eq I don’t think going on the tour, if they got their vaccinations for COVID-19, would make the events safer. « It was great to play in front of fans again and to be vaccinated for the most part, » she commented / p> « To me, it’s a bit bizarre that fans need to be vaccinated and players don’t.
» So I think that in my opinion it is inevitable that it will be made mandatory at some point like other leagues do.
« I don’t see any point in stopping it because I think we all want to be safe, we all want to do our job. »
COVID-19 vaccinations have affected the WTA and ATP Tours proved to be a hotly debated topic of conversation, with players advocating and against them.
« If you actually have decent knowledge and have done the research and have your facts and stats and research, that’s another Conversation.
« But I have a feeling that this part of d he conversation where you really need to know what you’re saying is missing from many players. «
Azarenka has won the Australian Open twice in her career, and another two-time Grand Slam winner in Simona Halep from Romania recently expressed hope that vaccinations can help ease the COVID-19-related restrictions on the WTA tour.
Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty was stabbed while Swiss Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal on the ATP -Tour have received and promoted vaccinations.
On the other hand, the Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic has declared that he would refuse to take any step to make vaccines mandatory.
The Greek government criticized the number three in the world , Stefanos Tsitsipas, following his comments at the Cincinnati Masters in which he said he would not be stung unless it became mandatory on the ATP tour.
Azars ka’s compatriot, number two in the world, Aryna Sabalenka, and the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina are among those who expressed their reluctance on the WTA tour.
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