ATP and WTA respond to skepticism over coronavirus vaccine: ‘We will continue to educate our players’
The ATP and WTA have confirmed that they will “recommend” and “encourage” players to get the coronavirus vaccine once it becomes available to those on the Tours.
The likes of Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman, Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina have publicly voiced their concerns over Covid-19 vaccines, revealing they would not be in the front of queue to get jabs when it is offered to players.
“So far I don’t really trust it,” Sabalenka said while Rublev admitted “If you ask me if I can choose and I can have an option, I will not do it.”
In response to the skepticism, the WTA vowed to “educate” players on the benefits of getting the vaccine, but stated it is a “personal decision” that they will “respect”.
“The WTA believes in and will encourage everyone to get a vaccine,” a statement read.
“This will assist in protecting the individual that has received the vaccine, those who have not been vaccinated, and allow our world to move back to a place of normalcy that is desired by all.
“The WTA, with the full assistance of our medical advisors from the Mayo Clinic, have been and will continue to educate our players on the various vaccines along with the benefits of getting vaccinated.
“This being said, the WTA will not be requiring players to get a vaccine as this is a personal decision, and one which we respect.”
The ATP also issued a response to say that they will urge players and those involved in the sport to get the vaccine once it becomes available.
“ATP recommends COVID-19 vaccination based on scientific evidence supporting the health benefits and protection provided,” it said. “In parallel, we remain in support of distribution tiers set forth around the world that prioritise those who need the vaccine the most.
“We are working with consultants in infectious disease and virology to evaluate vaccinantion strategies and to prepare for when vaccines are made widely available to our player group.
“In addition, ATP Medical Services Team is working alongside other International Sports Leagues and external consultants to develop best practices that work for tennis as a global sport.
“Any updates and next steps concerning vaccination options for players and other credentialed individuals will be communicated in due course.”
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