ATP urges players to take vaccine after Stefanos Tsitsipas expressed reluctance

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ATP urges players to take vaccine after Stefanos Tsitsipas expressed reluctance

The ATP has urged players to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after Stefanos Tsitsipas shared his views on the vaccine. This week, Tsitsipas revealed he hasn't been vaccinated for COVID-19. Tsitsipas noted that he is allowed to compete on the Tour without being vaccinated but added that at some point he will certainly take the jab.

"The ATP continues to strongly recommend vaccination to players, based first and foremost on scientific evidence supporting the health benefits and protection provided," an ATP spokesman said, per The Times. "Vaccination also helps players reduce the risk of being ruled out from competition, by virtue of being a positive case or a close contact.

"We regularly reinforce this position in our communication to players, which has included several virtual sessions with medical experts on the subject in recent months. While we respect everyone's right to free choice, we also believe that each player has a role to play in helping the wider group achieve a safe level of immunity.

Doing so will allow us to ease restrictions on-site for the benefit of everyone on tour."

Tsitsipas insists he is not anti-vaccine

"The COVID-19 vaccine has not been tested enough because it is new and has some side effects.

I know some people who've had them. I'm not against it, I just see no reason for someone in my age group to be vaccinated [yet]," Tsitsipas said, per Gasper Ribeiro Lanca. "For us young people I think it's good to pass the virus because we'll build immunity.

I don't see it as something bad. As I said, it isn't obligatory, everyone has freedom to decide for themselves what's right & what's not. "At some point we should all do it, I'm not saying the opposite.

The time will come when we will not be given many options, but until then I want to see a better version of the vaccine that gives us more pluses than minuses."