Due to the corona pandemic, tennis officially stands still until July 13th. What happens next is open. One thing is clear: travels around the world will be difficult as long as there is no vaccine against the novel corona virus. Scientists around the world are working intensively on a solution. An opponent of this project is the world number one Novak Djokovic (32).
The Serb positioned himself as an opponent of vaccination at the end of April and caused a sensation. “I don’t want to be forced to be vaccinated to travel,” said Djokovic at the time. The 32-year-old assumes that a corona vaccination will be mandatory for all tennis players. «Then I have to make a decision for myself. I cannot say whether these views will change at any time. »
No extra sausage for Djokovic
Now Rafael Nadal (33) joins the vaccination debate. For the Spaniard, the matter is clear, as he says to the newspaper “La Voz de Galizia”. There can be no compulsory vaccination, but if you belong to a tour, you have to follow the rules. «If the tour prescribes a vaccination to protect everyone, then Djokovic must be vaccinated if he wants to play tennis at the highest level again. Just like me. Everyone has to adhere to it. »
Nadal bases his statements on the regulations against doping. “There are also other requirements, such as restrictions regarding medication.” Ultimately, it’s just a matter of following the rules.
The ATP has not yet commented on a possible vaccination regulation. (nim)