Andy Murray hopes more players will opt to get vaccinated in the coming months as tennis may be judged by the vaccination rate among tour professionals, which is widely believed to be below 50%.
Murray, who faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open on Monday, spoke in the wake of the USTA announcing Friday that all fans must have received at least one dose to enter the grounds. As such, the only unvaccinated people in the stadiums will be many of the players on the field.
At the US Open, less strict rules apply to vaccinated players, such as being allowed to eat inside in restaurants and train in public gyms. “I feel like I’m living a pretty normal life, while it’s different for the players who don’t,” Murray said. “I’m sure they’ll get frustrated with that. Ultimately, I think the reason we’re all getting vaccinated is to watch out for the general public. As players who travel around the world, we have a responsibility to take care of everyone else as well. I’m glad I’ve been vaccinated. I hope more players choose to have it in the coming months.”