Elina Svitolina is ready for a Covid-19 secure 2022 season
Ukrainian-born Elina Svitolina is currently preparing for the year of tennis ahead and wouldn’t hesitate to get a third dose of the Coronavirus vaccine if that’s what the sport’s governing bodies wanted.
The world No 15 is fully vaccinated which means she’ll be able to play in tournaments in Australia’s upcoming summer of tennis and the Australian Open, as it’s been heavily advertised that all players must be jabbed against the virus if they want to take part in any competition in the country.
Many high profile players have come down with the virus over the last few weeks including Rafael Nadal and Emma Raducanu after they travelled to Abu Dhabi for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, however the British 19-year-old tested positive Covid-19 before she’d even played a match.
“Even if they tell me that I have to get a third shot, I would be happy to do that,” the 27-year-old told News Corp.
“I see now so many new cases – and lots of players.
“Lots of our friends are getting Covid, so it’s quite tough right now.”
Despite the increase in Coronavirus cases in the sport at the moment, Svitolina is still pleased to see how many players are going to be taking part in the early season tournaments in preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Pre-season was hard & sweaty but now it’s done (!!!💪🏼) probably that’s why I have the biggest smile on my face 😁
2022 Bring It On !!!⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/hnfSjEBfAD
— Elina Monfils (@ElinaSvitolina) December 23, 2021
The season kicks off with the ATP Cup on the ATP Tour which starts on January 1, while the first tournament on the WTA Tour will be the Adelaide International, running from January 3 to January 9.
“It’s amazing to see so many good players signing to play from the beginning of the season,” the 16-time title winner revealed.
“Everyone’s trying to be ready for the first (Grand Slam) tournament, for Melbourne, so it’s a really good field and it’s going to be really tough from the beginning of the tournament.
“There’s no time for adjustments, you have to be ready from the first round, mentally, physically, so this is very exciting, I think for the tournament and for players as well.”
The Australian Open starts on January 17.
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