Top tennis players don’t want to get coronavirus vaccine: ‘So far I don’t really trust him’



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Some of the top players in the Women’s Tennis Association expressed concerns about the vaccine on Monday at the Miami Open.

Aryna Sabalenka, the eighth-ranked Belarusian tennis star in the world, has made it known that she is not the biggest fan of the coronavirus vaccine and is not really keen to get it.

Sabalenka beat Marketa Vondrousva 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 16 at the Miami Open, preparing for a clash against world No.1 tennis player Ash Barty. Speaking of the coronavirus vaccine, Sabalenka said she was not going to get it unless she was forced to.

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Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrates with the trophy after the Women's Singles Final match at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on February 29, 2020 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images / Getty Images)

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrates with the trophy after the Women’s Singles Final match at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on February 29, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Quality Sport Images / Getty Images)

“So far, I don’t really trust him,” she said, via Reuters. “It’s hard to say, but I don’t really want it yet and I don’t want my family to take it.

“If I have to do it, then of course I have to do it because our life is a life of travel.”

She added that she should consult her doctors before taking it, but “at the moment I don’t really trust her”. She cited the speed with which the vaccines were produced as the reason she wouldn’t get it right away.

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“They just do it, really fast and there wasn’t enough time to test it out and see what can happen,” Sabalenka said. “So I think this is not enough time to do the right thing.”

Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina was not asking for it either. She said the best tennis tours quarantine players.

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine returns to Shelby Rogers during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (AP Photo / Marta Lavandier)

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine returns to Shelby Rogers during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (AP Photo / Marta Lavandier)

“OK, you will reduce your symptoms if you have it, but there is still a chance you can get it,” she said. “So right now it almost makes no sense to do something that has been tested for such a short period of time. For me, I’ll probably wait for now.”

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Svitolina, No. 5 in women’s tennis, will face Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.

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