According to the new protocols set by the ATP put in place for tournaments, tennis players who have got vaccinated will no longer be treated as close contacts for those testing positive of the virus. After some players were reluctant to get the vaccination shots at the Miami Open, the ATP and WTA have recommended players to take vaccine shots.
A number of players were put under stricter isolation after they came in contact with Benoit Paire, who tested positive for the virus. Under the new protocols, athletes will not face the same issue lie they did in Flushing Meadows if they come in contact with a positive case again.
Some players had argued that the advantages at tournaments of being vaccinated were limited. “I know for the moment now it doesn’t really give you any privilege,” Russian Andrey Rublev said this week, adding that he would prefer to not take the vaccine. “You still have to be in the bubble.”
Although vaccination will not prevent the players from getting tested during the tournaments, it will prevent them from isolating on arrival and will be able to use all the on-site facilities. “We are working with consultants in infectious disease and virology to evaluate vaccination strategies and to prepare for when vaccines are made widely available to our player group,” the men’s tour said. “In addition, ATP Medical Services Team is working alongside other International Sports Leagues and external consultants to develop best practices that work for tennis as a global sport.”