Nicolas Mahut expects Pierre-Hugues Herbert to keep sticking to his vaccine beliefs

Herbert out of the Australian Open due to mandatory vaccination.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Nicolas Mahut expects Pierre-Hugues Herbert to keep sticking to his vaccine beliefs

Nicolas Mahut has revealed that he will team up with Fabrice Martin at the Australian Open. Mahut's partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open due to mandatory vaccination. Mahut and Herbert won the Australian Open doubles title in 2019.

"For Australia, it’s simple,” Mahut told L’Equipe on who he would play with at the Slam, as revealed on Tennishead. "I’m going to team up with Fabrice Martin. He was looking for a partner. “We had already played together in Antwerp, where we won the tournament.

If I don’t play with [Herbert], I want a partner with whom we are efficient but above all with whom I am sure to have a good time. “Fabrice ticks all the boxes. I don’t want to go and play at the end of the world, far from my family, with someone with whom I don’t get along”.

Mahut hopes to play with Herbert in 2022

Mahut suggested he expects Herbert to keep sticking to his beliefs and to skip tournaments where vaccination is mandatory. "From there, it is less certain,” Mahut explained.

“Maybe I’ll play an indoor tournament with Pierre-Hugues in February. “For Indian Wells and Miami, it will depend on the vaccination conditions. “But I can’t imagine Pierre-Hugues skipping the Australian Open, then giving up his deep convictions to go play in Indian Wells and Miami.

We will talk about all of this in the coming days”. Herbert suggested that vaccination should be a personal matter. "For my part, it is a personal choice not to be vaccinated,” Herbert said. “I don’t know how long it will last.

I don’t know if it’s feasible today to be a tennis player without being vaccinated. “There is not only Australia. Today, there are the United States, Austria ... it is a rather complex topic." Herbert didn't rule out taking the vaccine in the future but for now he won't be taking the jab.

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