World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas has noted that he is not against the COVID-19 vaccine but he doesn't think that someone of his age should be a priority for vaccination. This week at the Cincinnati Masters, Tsitsipas revealed he hasn't taken yet the 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."
Tsitsipas aiming a strong run in Cincinnati
Tsitsipas, seeded at No.
2, has been through to the Cincinnati round-of-16. Tsitsipas is currently enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world and his next goal is to reach the No. 1 spot. "As I said, these kind of milestones are very unique, and for me, the ones that every player should be aiming for is top 10, top 5, top 3, and then top 1, of course, these are some of the more significant numbers, in my opinion," Tsitsipas said.
"Yeah, to get there, we will have to wait a little bit. It will be a big clash between, you know, a few of my rivals, because they want the same exact same thing as me. So, you know, more work, more precise work to be done, and I think lots of patience on court and off court."