When Andy Murray sat within the U.S. Open’s foremost interview room for a pre-tournament information convention Saturday, the moderator knowledgeable the 2012 champion he was allowed to take away the kind of gentle blue medical masks that has turn out to be ubiquitous in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
In contrast to the 9 gamers who met with the media in that spot a day earlier, Murray selected to maintain his masks on. And in contrast to roughly half the opposite women and men who will likely be taking the courtroom when the 12 months’s final Grand Slam event begins Monday, Murray has been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
He needs extra tennis professionals had been. It units up a few contrasts at Flushing Meadows with regards to a hot-button challenge throughout society lately, particularly as instances linked to the delta variant enhance.
For one factor, gamers and their crew members don’t have to be vaccinated, however the spectators who’ve paid to look at them — and at some courts can get shut sufficient to the motion to supply high-fives — now should have the ability to present they’ve had at the least one shot.
Plus, among the many gamers, there are these, comparable to No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who body the choice about whether or not to get a shot as a purely private alternative. And there are these, comparable to Murray, who clarify it as being not nearly defending oneself but additionally about serving to others.
“I really feel like I’m having fun with form of a reasonably regular life, whereas for the gamers that haven’t, it’s totally different. I’m certain they’ll be annoyed with that. Finally, I assume the explanation why all of us are getting vaccinated is to look out for the broader public. We’ve got a accountability as gamers which can be touring the world over to look out for everybody else, as nicely,” Murray mentioned. “I’m completely happy that I’m vaccinated. I’m hoping that extra gamers select to have it within the coming months.”
An ATP spokesman mentioned Saturday that simply above 50 % of male gamers are vaccinated and the lads’s tour “continues to strongly suggest vaccination to gamers.” A WTA spokeswoman mentioned almost half of feminine gamers are vaccinated and the ladies’s tour “strongly believes in, and encourages everybody to get, a vaccine,” with a aim of elevating numbers “in extra of 85 % by the tip of the 12 months,” whereas not presently requiring athletes to get the photographs.
In contrast to crew sports activities such because the NFL or Main League Baseball, during which vaccines had been inspired and incentivized, tennis may be very a lot a person sport. Sure tournaments provide gamers the prospect to get photographs on-site and others — together with the U.S. Open — don’t.
We supplied the athletes with the knowledge of the place they will go to be vaccinated within the neighborhood of the resort,” event director Stacey Allaster mentioned. “We received’t particularly be doing it right here on-site.”