Andy Murray: Tennis star says players “have a responsibility” to get vaccinated

The 34-year-old said he was happy to have received the vaccine, but is aware that not everyone on the tennis tour is so enthusiastic.

“At the end of the day, I guess the reason we all get vaccinated is to watch out for the general public,” he told reporters on Saturday, before the start of the US Open.

“We have a responsibility as players who travel the world to look after everyone as well.

“I’m happy to be vaccinated. I hope more players choose to have it in the coming months.”

Organizers of next week’s US Open have said fans aged 12 and over must show proof of vaccination to compete in the last grand slam of the year.

However, although encouraged by the sport’s governing bodies, vaccines are currently not mandatory for players.

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Murray says he's happy to be fully vaccinated.

The tour has been heavily affected by the pandemic over the past year, with tournaments only possible due to strict Covid-19 protocols.

Murray says he’s leading a “fairly normal” life before the US Open, but says these unvaccinated athletes may face certain restrictions that still apply to them.

World number 1 Novak Djokovic recently said he hopes vaccines won’t become mandatory for touring tennis players and said he won’t reveal if he gets one in the future.

Meanwhile, emerging star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who faces Murray in the first round of the US Open, has said he will only get the vaccine if it becomes mandatory.

The 23-year-old Greek told reporters last week he was worried about the vaccine’s potential side effects, but was later criticized by the Greek government for rejecting his comments.

“He does not have the knowledge and the studies to assess the need for vaccinations,” government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said, quoted in Greek press articles.

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