Dan Evans ‘eager to get vaccinated’ and willing to stay at a hotel in order to play at very ‘different Wimbledon’
He expects Wimbledon to be quite “different” this year, but Dan Evans is determined to do everything he can to make sure he doesn’t miss the tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the 2020 edition of The Championships was cancelled due to Covid-19, this year’s event is set to go ahead but strict health and safety protocols are set to be in place.
Although the ATP has made it clear that players and officials won’t be forced to get vaccinated in order to compete on the circuit, they have recommended it while those who have had shots will also be exempt from initial quarantine on arrival in new countries.
Evans, who beat beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-7 (11-13) 6-2, in the first round of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Tuesday, was asked about getting vaccinated.
He told Amazon Prime Video: “I mean, I can’t talk on anyone else’s behalf.
“But it’s definitely in mind I’m very eager to get vaccinated, if I can. It would be heartbreaking if I tested positive for Wimbledon. It’s very important to stick to the protocols in place.
“If some people are being blasé, then it ruins it for everybody else because if one person tests positive, this virus, it can go round very quickly. So seeing scenes in England yesterday, I won’t be socialising any time soon.”
The All England Club had already confirmed that all players, their entourages and officials will have to stay at designated hotels for Wimbledon.
Some players have asked for exceptions, but Evans is happy to toe the line.
“Yeah, if you’re any nationality, I don’t think there’s exceptions, is there? I’ve not heard of any exceptions. Rightly so. If that’s what it takes to get the tournament on, then yeah,” he said.
“I mean, I would have no issues if some of the top guys were given a bit of leeway, past champions, et cetera, where they can stay at a house. I think they would be pretty responsible, not be out for dinner.
“It’s going to be a different Wimbledon, isn’t it? I don’t really know what to expect, but yet I’ll expect they’ll do a good job.”
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