Maria Sakkari speaks on low vaccination rate among players on Tour

World No. 18 Sakkari is vaccinated and making progress at the US Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Maria Sakkari speaks on low vaccination rate among players on Tour

World No. 18 Maria Sakkari has revealed that everyone around her is vaccinated and she finds it strange that majority of Tour players haven't been vaccinated. Sakkari, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 18 in the world, beat Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-2 to progress into the US Open third round.

Many players at the US Open haven't been vaccinated, while every fan in the stands has been vaccinated. "I am vaccinated, my family is vaccinated, my team, all my friends. I don't have anyone around me who isn't. It seems strange to me that a big percentage of the players isn't, I guess they have their reasons," Sakkari said, per Vicky Georgatou.

Like Sakkari, Victoria Azarenka also spoke about vaccination

A day earlier, former world No. 1 Azarenka wanted to push conversation about vaccination on the Tour. "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," Azarenka said.

"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. "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."

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