Andy Murray has implored other players to embrace vaccination against Covid-19, describing it as a ‘no-brainer.’
Tennis has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with scheduling and prize-money particularly affected.
It has been life in ‘the bubble’ that has caused most distress for players, though, with many openly admitting the restrictions have affected their mental health.
Murray absolutely sympathises with players on that, and he has urged them to put aside any distrust of the vaccine they have in order to get life on the tennis tour back to normal as quickly as possible.
“It isn’t much fun going and staying in the bubbles,” Andy Murray said. “In Miami, for example, you look out of the window and the whole city’s completely open but the players are obviously in the bubble.
“I can appreciate from the players’ perspective that that can be frustrating.
“And, because it’s been going on for a while, it’s a bit tiring. And I know for some of the Aussie players, they’re looking at nine or 10 months away from home because if they go home they have to do two weeks in a hotel.
“So I appreciate all that, that it is difficult. But, at the same time, seeing 60,000 people died in Brazil last month because of coronavirus.
“If this is what we have to do to be able to continue to do our jobs and to give the tournaments some security [then so be it].
“If they opened up in Miami, it was spring break, I saw what was going on there in the city with tons of people coming in from around the country, partying and the city’s open, and then a bunch of the players start testing positive, that’s difficult for the tournament as well.
“It’s very uncertain times for them as well. Right now [a bubble] is the best way to keep the tournaments safe, and players and the members of staff safe as well.
“If you want to avoid having to be in a bubble for too long, you need to then support the vaccination, because you can’t just say, ‘No we want to just live normally and we don’t want any bubbles but we also don’t want to be vaccinated’. It’s a no-brainer to me.”
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