Tennis stars to receive perks for getting the Covid-19 vaccine

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Tennis stars receive perks for getting the Covid-19 vaccine as ATP Tour chiefs introduce a ‘test exemption list’ that allows automatic site access to the Monte Carlo Open

  • There are now incentives for tennis stars to make sure they are vaccinated
  • ATP Tour Protocol Updated This Week Refers to an ‘ATP Testing Exemption List’
  • An advantage for the vaccinees is the automatic access to the location at the Monte Carlo Open
  • This would avoid any need to go into quarantine, as was the case at the Australian Open

Tennis authorities have taken their first step in encouraging players to get vaccinated by offering privileges to those willing to get the shot.

In a move that may alarm those hesitant about vaccination, an ATP Tour protocol updated this week points to an ‘ATP Testing Exemption List’, for those who have taken steps to protect themselves from Covid.

One advantage, which is expected to be rolled in at the upcoming Monte Carlo Open, is that those on the list will be able to enter the event grounds immediately after taking an initial test.

Novak Djokovic - whose reluctance to take vaccines is well documented - will return for the Monte Carlo Open, where incentives to access the site are available to vaccinated individuals

Novak Djokovic – whose reluctance to take vaccines is well documented – will return for the Monte Carlo Open, where incentives to access the site are available to vaccinated individuals

This would eliminate the need to isolate themselves, sometimes for 24 hours, before the result would be achieved, and would allow them to immediately practice and go about their business during the tournament.

The update follows reactions this week at the Miami Open, which suggested that the opinion of both male and female players is strongly divided on vaccinations.

Both tours made it clear that they would like to see their members get the shot to mitigate the massive logistical challenges tennis faces as it moves across different jurisdictions.

The updated protocol also offers more hope that players will be able to stay in private accommodation at some events, although all tour guidance would be replaced by local government regulations wherever they are.

The update follows reactions this week at the Miami Open, which suggested that the opinion of both male and female players is strongly divided on vaccinations.

The update follows reactions this week at the Miami Open, which suggested that the opinion of both male and female players is strongly divided on vaccinations.

The update follows reactions this week at the Miami Open, which suggested that the opinion of both male and female players is strongly divided on vaccinations.

The general direction of travel on the tours is clearly intended to encourage players to ingest the vaccines if they can. It has not been suggested that this would be mandatory at this time.

“Individuals who have completed the Covid vaccination process may be exempt from quarantine upon arrival at the tournament after their initial PCR test,” the document reads.

Individuals who have completed both doses of two-dose vaccines (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca) or a single dose (Johnson and Johnson) and have submitted proof to ATP for inclusion in the ATP Testing Exemption List are eligible. ‘

The first event where it is expected to be relevant will be the Monte Carlo big gravel curtain lifter for men in mid-April.

Both Novak Djokovic – whose reluctance to take vaccines is well documented – and Rafael Nadal will return to the fray amid a strong field. It is not known how many players have taken a vaccine, although Wimbledon champion Simona Halep is one of the few to have revealed she has already received at least one.

An ATP spokesperson confirmed that the protocol document has been updated, but declined to comment.

Players have tried to relax in the bubble environment whenever possible after living on the road for months under restrictions.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep is one of the few to reveal she’s already vaccinated

Earlier this week, world champion number 8 Andrey Rublev hinted why in practice he was not inclined to take a vaccine: ‘You still have to be in the bubble. So it doesn’t give you any privileges, ”he said.

The protocol also offers the hope that players will have more flexibility with their accommodation. This would be subject to certain conditions, including the full cost to be paid by those wishing to stay outside official hotels.

American John Isner was among those who expressed disappointment at Wimbledon and the usual tradition of players being able to keep out in private homes.

It is a popular practice among the stars, but contrary to current general government guidelines.

With the All England Club’s commitment to constantly monitoring the situation, it is noteworthy that even now, at the beginning of spring, Covid cases in his immediate SW19 place are already at zero based on the most recent figures.

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