Stefanos Tsitsipas refuses to get vaccinated unless it becomes mandatory on tour

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While the men’s ATP Tour has publicly encouraged players to get the shots, the 23-year-old Greek is among those who still have reservations.

“Nobody told me anything. Nobody made vaccination mandatory,” he told reporters, when asked if he would look for a vaccine at a competition in the United States.

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“At some point I will have to do it, I’m pretty sure, but until now it wasn’t compulsory to compete so I didn’t, no,” Tsitsipas added. , who received a pass in the first round. at the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati.

He reached the Roland Garros final in June but suffered a shock in the first round at Wimbledon, where he told reporters he found it difficult to live and compete in the Covid-19 “bubble”.

The Covid-19 vaccine has divided opinions within tennis.

World number 1 Novak Djokovic said in April that he hoped the Covid-19 vaccine would not become mandatory for players to compete and declined to answer questions about his own vaccine status.

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