Andy Murray Backs Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccine for Tennis Players Entering the Tournaments

Published 11/25/2020, 8:23 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Andy Murray of Great Britain leaves the court after a practice session ahead of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


2-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has not been in the best of forms that we’ve been used to seeing him. Post-2017, Andy has had constant trouble with regard to his hip. He’s had to undergo surgery on more than one occasion. As a result, his form has dipped and the match outcomes have certainly suffered. 

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For the first time ever, did the world witness a pandemic. The coronavirus forced the organizers to either cancel tournaments or postpone them. Along with that, when tournaments were conducted, they had to be held behind closed doors. Finally, now that the vaccine is soon going to be available, Andy expressed his desire for players to take it since it would remove the fear that exists amongst people in order to ensure smoothness in living.

The former World No.1 said, “I would hope that all the players would be willing to do that for the good of the sport – providing everything has proved to be safe, clinical trials and everything has been done and there are not any significant side effects.”

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Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during his Men’s Singles first round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Of course, it’s important for people to study all the pros and cons of the vaccine. It would make sense first for the people in charge to conduct the necessary trails before making it available to one and all. Citing these reasons, Murray further added, “I guess we’re not going to know the long-term effects potentially for a while. So I would hope, providing all the clinical trials and everything has been done, that the players would all be willing to do that.”

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In May 2019, Andy was knighted and is known as Sir Andy Murray since then. His performances at the Olympic Games, winning 2 golds (2012 and 2016) certainly did his nation proud. He first broke the jinx of a Briton winning a slam after 76 years. Andy won the 2012 US Open along with Wimbledon titles in 2013 and 2016 respectively. 

 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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