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Azarenka wants mandatory vaccines for tennis players

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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hopes to celebrate players talking about mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for players after US Open spectators were required to show proof of vaccination to be allowed into the event. AFP

Azarenka wants mandatory vaccines for tennis players

Proof of Covid-19 vaccinations are mandatory for adult US Open spectators but not for players – and that’s something Victoria Azarenka finds “bizarre.”

Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open winner and three-time US Open runner-up from Belarus, told fans after her victory Wednesday she was glad they were all vaccinated for the deadly virus, a requirement mandated by New York City officials.

“I want to start this conversation between our players, because to me it’s a bit bizarre that fans have to be vaccinated and players are not,” Azarenka said.

“In my opinion, it’s inevitable that it will be mandated at some point. I don’t see the point of stalling it, because I think we all want to be safe, to continue doing our jobs and I know there is a lot of discussions about it.”

The WTA says nearly half its players are vaccinated while the ATP says just over half its players are vaccinated.

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