Two of the best Serbian tennis players have urged their fellow athletes and the world to take Covid-19 vaccines in order to move around freely and “beat this pandemic” – and Victoria Azarenka shared a snapshot after her kick.
World number 37 Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic in 33rd have publicly encouraged other players on the tour to take over the treatment. The organization of the ATP plans to relax strict restrictions on fully vaccinated participants.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Azarenka also posted a picture on Twitter showing a patch on her right arm after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.
“Vaccines have saved mankind from various diseases throughout history and there is no reason not to get vaccinated,” Krajinovic told Tennis Majors, announcing that he is getting his first dose before the Monte Carlo Masters tournament last week, in which Russian contender Daniil Medvedev was excluded after a year, had a positive Covid-19 test.
Great news! Today Simona Halep got her COVID vaccination. “I wanted to get the vaccine. I was open and I am fine. I was vaccinated with Pfizer. I am fine, I have had no side effects now. Get vaccinated. “Pic.twitter.com/QQkddaiEDQ
– “WTA Romania” (@WTARomania), February 24, 2021
“I did it because I travel a lot and it should help me in the future. I don’t want to be quarantined because I’m seen as ‘close contact’ with an infected person. The vaccine can help with that.”
Lajovic, who will get his second shot at the Serbia Open this week, also urged other players to stop the virus from spreading.
“Everyone has their opinion, but I believe we all need the vaccine to fight or limit this pandemic,” he said, noting that the ATP had taken a “positive stance” about vaccination.
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“I think they are trying to change some rules for players and staff who have been vaccinated.
“I expect a lot of changes in the logs in the coming months.”
Forced to adapt to a new reality brought about by Covid-19, the tennis world put in place numerous measures to protect athletes and host major tournaments despite the crisis that halted all international sporting events for almost six months.
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Mandatory quarantines and constant Covid-19 tests have become an inseparable part of all major tennis events, which irritates some players who have repeatedly opposed being banned for weeks without being able to train.
Romanian Simona Halep became the first player to receive the sting publicly and took her first dose of the vaccine in her home country in February.
Several players, including Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka and Andrey Rublev, have raised concerns about receiving the reinvented push.
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