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Is the world of sport anti-vaccine?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – Like tennis, some stars are showing their reluctance, but the noose is tightening for the recalcitrant.

THE QUESTION. Novak Djokovic could see his dreams of overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and their 20 Grand Slam titles, thwarted at the next Australian Open (January 17 to 30). The Serbian, “vaccino-skeptic»Convinced and displayed, could be forced to go through the puncture box if he wants to play the tournament. Quarantine and bubbles were on the program in 2021. Compulsory vaccination would be a credible option for the 2022 edition. According to the Australian daily The Age, the government of the state of Victoria would impose an Australian Open only played by vaccinated athletes. What to push the (many) “vaccine-skeptics»To take the plunge …

Tennis has one of the lowest vaccination rates in professional sport. During the last US Open, former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka rightly considered it inconsistent that the vaccination be imposed on spectators, but not on players, and had pleaded for it to be compulsory. Does this reflect a particular skepticism in the tennis world towards vaccines? And what about the world of sport more broadly?

CHECKS. The body of women’s tennis,

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