COVID-19 Vaccination statement Amid Player Concerns- ATP, WTA

COVID-19 Vaccination statement Amid Player Concerns- ATP, WTA

COVID-19 Vaccination statement Amid Player Concerns- ATP, WTA


The governing bodies of men’s and women’s tennis have urged players to get a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to them after some at the Miami Open voiced concerns over having it.

Earlier this week a series of top names in the sports said they were unsure about having a vaccination despite the fact they travel internationally. Questioned about the topic in her press conference earlier this week, Aryna Sabalenka said she is concerned over how quickly the vaccine has been developed. Meanwhile, Elina Svitolina says she wants to wait a little bit longer amid potential side effects. Finally Andrey Rublev admitted he wouldn’t have the vaccination if it was his choice.

Some players have also said the prospect of getting a vaccination is to a certain degree pointless in tennis as they would still be required to follow strict protocols. Including staying inside bubbles whilst at tournaments.

Responding to the comments, the WTA has said they will not force their players to be vaccinated if they do not wish to be. Describing the situation as a ‘personal decision.’ Although they do urge them to have it.

“The WTA believes in and will encourage everyone to get a vaccine,” said the WTA in a statement.

“This will assist in protecting the individual that has received the vaccine, those who have not been vaccinated, and allow our world to move back to a place of normalcy that is desired by all.

“The WTA, with the full assistance of our medical advisors from the Mayo Clinic, have been and will continue to educate our players on the various vaccines along with the benefits of getting vaccinated.

“This being said, the WTA will not be requiring players to get a vaccine as this is a personal decision, and one which we respect.”

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As for the men’s Tour, the ATP says they recommend vaccinations because of the ‘scientific evidence supporting the health benefits and protection provided.’ Due to players being classed as individual contractors of the sport it is not possible to make them have an injection if they do not wish to.

“ATP recommends COVID-19 vaccination based on scientific evidence supporting the health benefits and protection provided,” a statement published by journalist Simon Cambers reads.

“In parallel, we remain in support of distribution tiers set forth around the world that prioritise those who need the vaccine most for protection. We are working with consultants in infectious disease and virology to evaluate vaccination strategies and to prepare for when vaccines are made widely available to our player group.’

“In addition, ATP Medical Services Team is working alongside other International Sports Leagues and external consultants to develop best practices that work for tennis as a global sport.

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Any updates and next steps concerning vaccination options for players and other credentialed individuals will be communicated in due course.”

The Financial Times estimates that more than 565 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in 171 different locations around the world.


Source: ubitennis

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