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Prospect Of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccination Splits Opinion Among World’s Best Players

Andrey Rublev says he won’t have one if it was his choice and Aryna Sabalenka has concerns over the manufacturing process. On the other hand, others have a very different view.



Simona Halep (pictured) was one of the first players in tennis to recieve a COVID-19 vaccination.

It appears that enthusiasm for receiving the COVID-19 vaccination in the world of tennis is lukewarm after a series of players spoke cautiously about the idea of receiving one at the Miami Open.

Last year, both the ATP and WTA Tour’s were suspended for months due to the pandemic and tournaments continue to deal with the repercussions of it. Ranging from a sharp decline in prize money to strict protocols in force to help minimise the risk of an outbreak. At the Miami Open players have been placed inside a bubble which they are prohibited to leave, as well as regular testing.

Although there are no plans to vaccinate players on the Tour yet due to the global demand with each country having their own approach. For example, in Europe Great Britain has issued more than 30 million vaccinations which is three times more than France. However, should a situation occur when players can receive vaccinations, not everybody will be in favour.

“I know for the moment now it doesn’t really give you any privilege. You still have to be in the bubble,” Andrey Rublev said following his win over Marton Fucsovics at the Miami Open.
“If you ask me if I can choose and I can have the option to not have a vaccine, I will not do it.’
“There is no reason (for me not having it). Just my feelings because I have never had any vaccine since I was a kid.”

Rublev, who won more matches on the Tour than any other player except Novak Djokovic in 2020, isn’t the only player to have his doubts. Elina Svitolina is another who is sticking to the cautious side of things. The Ukrainian says she wants to wait a bit longer before having a vaccine after speaking with her friends about potential side effects. Like Rublev, she also questions if such an approach would benefit her in the sport.

“It will not really help you in many ways because you have to quarantine anyway,” she said. “The ATP and WTA, they oblige you to quarantine anyway, like 24 hours as soon as you get it.’
“Okay, you will reduce your symptoms if you get it, but still, there is a chance that you can get it. So for now it makes almost no sense to do something that has been tested for such a short period of time. For me, I will probably wait for now.”

Aryna Sabalenka says she doesn’t want her family to be vaccinated yet due to how rapidly it was produced and the impact it could have on the body. All vaccinations that have been made have been subjected to strict testing by health regulators before being given out to the public. Subsequent medical trials have also confirmed the safety of the vaccines. Although its effectiveness differs depending on the manufacturers.

“So far I don’t really trust it. It’s tough to say, but I don’t really want mine yet, actually, and I don’t want my family have it,” said Sabalenka. “I will think about this. I mean, if I will have to do it, then of course I have to do it, because our life is a travel life and I think we are the ones who actually should make it. But I will see.”

It is important to take into account the players’ country of origin with studies previously highlighting that people living in eastern Europe are less likely to be in favour of having a COVID-19 vaccination. Earlier this month an Ipsos survey conducted in partnership with the World Economic Forum found that only 42% of Russian’s were intent on getting a vaccination.

At the other end of the spectrum, other players are in favour of being vaccinated and some already have done. Including Simona Halep who contracted the virus last year.

“I’m planning on getting one,” Naomi Osaka states. “For me, I feel like whenever I’m eligible, I guess.”

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman is another who is happy to receive an injection but only after those more in need have theirs first.

“I am going to get vaccinated when my turn comes that I would not get the vaccine before my family and the people who really need it,” he wrote on Twitter.

The New York Times’ Covid-19 vaccine tracker estimates that 552 million doses have been issued worldwide as of March 29th.


Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Sinner; now aims for Third Title in Monte Carlo

Stylish Greek completes comeback win and re-enters the top ten.



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After winning two in a row in 2021-2022, Stefanos Tsitsipas is now in reach of a third title at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, after beating World number two Jannik Sinner in three gruelling sets.

The 25-year-old had to battle hard and come from a break down in the third to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and now plays Casper Ruud in tomorrow’s final. The Greek has had an indifferent start to the year with a 11-6 win-loss record, but today was his first top three victory since the 2022 Cincinatti Masters – where he beat Daniil Medvedev – and ensures a return back into the top ten of the men’s rankings.

Tsitsipas recognised how hard he had to fight and revealed after the match just how satisfied he was of his performance:

“It was tennis at its highest level that I have been able to play. Jannik was an extremely difficult opponent and it can be seen throughout the year so far. He has been very consistent and I could see that throughout today with his game. He is one of the toughest opponents I have faced so far and to find ways when there weren’t that many, I am proud of that. He gave me a very difficult game and the way I overcame it is true excellence.”

Sinner double faulted at 30-40 to gift the break early with the score at one game all. From there, Tsistipas rallied with poise and confidence in a brilliant opening set lasting 44 minutes including a stunning backhand down-the-line winner to open the game when serving at 4-3. He took the first set 6-4 after a tiring 18-shot rally – where both players hit all angles of the court – before Sinner hit a forehand wide.

However, 22-year-old Sinner struck back immediately on his first breakpoint at the start of the second set when he won a close exchange at the net and then took a 3-0 lead.  He later survived a breakback point when 4-2 up and crucially held on for 5-2. He faced more pressure when serving for the set at 5-3 and was taken to deuce but levelled the match at one-set-all on his second set point to give the crowd exactly what they were asking f

Sinner was now in full flow hitting powerfully from the baseline and once again broke early at the start of the final set to take a 3-1 lead. But with the match now entering the third hour he began to tire physically and called for the trainer during the changeover with the score at 4-3.  When the match resumed, he lost the next three games and the Greek had completed a remarkable turnaround, handing his opponent just his second defeat of the season in two hours and forty minutes.

“It helps a lot knowing I have a win like this under my belt. Having a win like this and getting to the levels of tennis again brings a lot of satisfaction to me,” Tsitsipas said. “When there is a lot of work put in each day, these are the type of matches you are aiming for.”

Sinner’s only loss prior to today was against Carlos Alcaraz in Indian Wells semi-finals. He has been the stand out player this year after already winning titles in Rotterdam, the Miami Open, and his maiden Grand Slam in Australia. Despite having won 25 matches overall though, he now trails Tsitsipas 3-6 in their head-to-head rivalry.

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Casper Ruud Reveals Shock After Knocking Out Novak Djokovic In Monte-Carlo

Casper Ruud is into his second career Masters 1000 final after beating Novak Djokovic for the first time.



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Casper Ruud is into his second Masters 1000 final of his career after recording his best ever win by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4 1-6 6-4.

The Norwegian defeated the world number one for the first time in his career as he overcame a mini-comeback from Djokovic to seal his place in the Monte-Carlo final.

Having lost his five previous meetings to Djokovic, Ruud played some fearless tennis under pressure as the eighth seed broke to close out a career-best win.

Speaking after the win Ruud admitted he was in a state of shock and was pleased with the victory, “I am super happy,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“This is a day I will remember for a long time. Beating a World No. 1 is something I have never done and beating Novak is something I have never done. I am very, very happy. I am a little bit in a state of shock right now.”

After achieving the seemingly improbable, Ruud will now look to win his first ever ATP title that’s above a Masters 1000 event when he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Monte-Carlo final.

That’s a prospect Ruud is looking forward to as he prepares for one final challenge, “There is always one more match in tennis,” the Norwegian explained.

“Tomorrow is going to be a special day, playing a final here in Monte-Carlo. It is a great result but I have been chasing a big title for a few years now and tomorrow I will have another shot at it. I am going to give it my all. Stef is playing well. He is a great player on clay and on other surfaces as well, but I guess clay is maybe where he has had the most success and especially this tournament.

“So it is going to be another tough task, but I am up for it.”

The final will take place at 14:00 BST.

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Rafael Nadal Set For Opening Round Test Against Cobolli In Barcelona

Rafael Nadal will look to make his ATP tour return in Barcelona this week.



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Rafael Nadal is set for his return to tennis in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Nadal has been struggling with injury after being injured again in Brisbane this year.

The tournament in Brisbane was his first tournament back for a year as he suffered a hip injury at the Australian Open last year.

Now Nadal aims to return to competitive action in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Speaking earlier in the week Nadal was hopeful of a return to the tour in Barcelona, “Excited to be here for a few days before the start of the tournament,” Nadal told the ATP website.

“I’m here to see how it goes… can’t wait to try and play. I’ll let you know. Important to say that I don’t want to confirm I’ll be playing, but I hope so. We’ll see.”

Should Nadal play and win his opening round match then the Spaniard will play fourth seed Alex De Minaur in the second round.

The former world number one has won the title on 12 different occasions but hasn’t won the title since 2021.

Elsewhere in the draw defending champion Carlos Alcaraz will begin against Luca Van Assche or Zhizhen Zhang with the Spaniard projected to meet Borna Coric in the third round.

Alcaraz suffered an injury in Monte-Carlo and will be beginning his clay court campaign in Barcelona.

Also in action in Barcelona are Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud.

Main draw action will begin on Monday.

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