‘I will have to get vaccinated’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas believes COVID-19 jab will become mandatory

Stefanos Tsitsipas is ‘pretty sure’ he will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to continue to compete.

The issue of vaccination has been a controversial and divisive one in tennis, with many players expressing distrust of the jabs that are now being rolled out around the world.

The issue has been raised again now the Tours have moved to the US, where restrictions are mostly lifted due to good vaccine availability and uptake.

However, it has not yet been made mandatory for players to get inoculated to remain eligible for tournaments, although Tsitsipas thinks it is just a matter of time.

“No one has told me anything,” he told reporters on Monday at the Cincinnati Open. “No one has made it a mandatory thing to be vaccinated

“At some point I will have to [get vaccinated], I’m pretty sure about it, but so far it hasn’t been mandatory to compete, so I haven’t done it, no.”

While many players, such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Simona Halep, and Victoria Azarenka have taken a very strong pro-vaccination stance, vaccination status has become a divisive issue in tennis.

World number one Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, believes it should never be made mandatory.

“I don’t think it’ll come to that,” he said in April. “I hope not, because I’ve always believed in freedom of choice,” Djokovic told reporters when asked if he had been vaccinated.

“And I will keep the decision as to whether I’m going to get vaccinated or not to myself, it’s an intimate decision and I don’t want to go into this game of pro and against vaccines, which the media is unfortunately creating these days.

“I don’t want to be labelled as someone who is against or who is for vaccines. I’m not going to answer the question and hope that everyone will respect that.”

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