Victoria Azarenka pushes conversation for mandatory vaccination on Tour

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Victoria Azarenka pushes conversation for mandatory vaccination on Tour

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka thanked the fans at the US Open for being vaccinated following her second round win at the tournament. When asked about it in her press conference, Azarenka found it bizzare that fans have to be vaccinated at the US Open, whole the players are not required to be vaccinated.

"You know, I think that it's such a question that is like going back and forth with a lot of people, although I think that majority of people still are trying to be progressive and trying to be, you know, find a solution moving forward, which in my opinion is being vaccinated," Azarenka said, as revealed by Ben Rothenberg.

"I want to start this conversation between our players, because to me that's a bit bizzare that fans have to be vaccinated and players are not. So I think that in my opinion, it's inevitable that it will be mandated at some point, like other leagues are doing.

I don't see the point of stalling it, really, because I think we all want to be safe, we all want to continue doing our jobs, and I know there is a lot of discussions about it."

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"But to me, I respect everybody's opinion as long as it's not a conspiracy theory.

You know, if you actually have decent knowledge and looked into research and have your facts and stats and research, that's a different conversation. But I feel that that part of conversation that really you need to be knowledgeable to what you are saying is missing in a lot of players," Azarenka added.

"I hope that as an association we make the best decision for our business, for our health, for the tournaments, for public. And I think that we need to start this conversation, because as I said, in my opinion it's just inevitable."