Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has urged players to take the COVID-19 vaccine as the Briton believes the life will then be much easier on the Tour. The 2021 tennis season has gone as planned so far but players have to stay in bubbles at certain events and some players are mentally tired of all the COVID-19 regulations.
“It isn’t that much fun going and staying in the bubbles,” Murray told PA. “In Miami, for example, you look out of the window and the whole city’s completely open but the players are obviously in the bubble.
I can appreciate from the players’ perspective that that can be frustrating. “And, because it’s been going on for a while, it’s a bit tiring. And I know for some of the Aussie players, they’re looking at nine or 10 months away from home because if they go home they have to do two weeks in a hotel.
“So I appreciate all that, that it is difficult. But, at the same time, seeing 60,000 people died in Brazil last month because of coronavirus, if this is what we have to do to be able to continue to do our jobs and to give the tournaments some security (then so be it).'
Murray says the COVID*19 vaccine is a 'no-brainer'
“If they opened up in Miami, it was spring break, I saw what was going on there in the city with tons of people coming in from around the country, partying and the city’s open, and then a bunch of the players start testing positive, that’s difficult for the tournament as well," Murray continued.
“It’s very uncertain times for them as well. Right now it’s the best way to keep the tournaments safe, and players and the members of staff safe as well. “If you want to avoid having to be in a bubble for too long, you need to then support the vaccination, because you can’t just say, ‘No we want to just live normally and we don’t want any bubbles but we also don’t want to be vaccinated’. It’s a no-brainer to me”.