Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal said taking the COVID-19 vaccine was an easy decision for him because he believes in the science and the health organizations. Nadal, 35, has been fully vaccinated and he is planning to play at the Australian Open.
"I am not with or without, I am just following what the organization of health says," Nadal said, as revealed by Reem Abulleil. "I don’t pretend to know more than the authorized people say. If the people who really know about this say that we need to be vaccinated, who am I to create a different opinion?"
Nadal called out unvaccinated people last month
"I understand that there are people who don't want to be vaccinated, but I think it's a lbit selfish.
We have suffered a lot. We don't know one hundred percent about the effects of vaccines, but we have to trust the doctors. What we do know is the effect of the virus if we are not vaccinated. It seems that we are currently the country least affected by the virus and I think it is because we have a large part of the population vaccinated," Nadal told Marca in November.
Nadal will play at the Australian Open but the tournament organizers may not have world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic's name appeared on the entry list but it doesn't neccessarily mean that he will play at Melbourne Park.
“Things beings as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne," Djokovic told Blic in October. “I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry.
“People go too far these days in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person. Whatever you say ‘Yes, no, maybe, I am thinking about it’, they will take advantage”.