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Nadal: Djokovic will need vaccine if required by the tour

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MADRID (AP) – Rafael Nadal says that Novak Djokovic must be vaccinated to continue playing if the tennis governing bodies mandate coronavirus recordings as they become available.

Nadal told Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and all players will have to follow the rules when tennis finally comes back into action.

Nadal said no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices, but all players will have to comply if tennis officials’ need vaccination to travel ‘and’ protect ‘everyone’ on the tour “. .

“Then Djokovic has to be vaccinated if he wants to continue playing tennis at the highest level,” said Nadal. ”The same for me. Everyone will have to follow the rules, just like now we have to stay at home. ”

Djokovic recently said he was against taking a corona virus vaccine even though it became mandatory to travel. Later he said he was open to change his mind.

“If the ATP or the International Tennis Federation requires us to take the vaccine to play tennis, then we will have to do it,” said Nadal.

The Spaniard compared it to the restrictions that players already have on drugs because of doping controls.

“It’s about following the rules, nothing more than that,” he said.

There is still no vaccine available against the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide.

Djokovic broke the confinement rules in Spain on Monday after a local club said he was allowed to exercise inappropriately in one of the courts.

Tennis players are likely to be authorized to return to tennis courts in Spain from Monday, May 11. Nadal said he came back to practice, but he did on a private field.

Nadal recently said he was pessimistic about the return of tennis in 2020. He said that if given the option, he would drop it completely this season so that tennis could resume normally in 2021.

Djokovic won the Australian Open in early February, before the sport was discontinued due to the virus. It was his 17th Grand Slam trophy in general. Only Roger Federer, with 20, and Nadal, with 19, have won more Grand Slam trophies for men than Djokovic.

More than 30 sanctioned events have been canceled since early March to at least mid-July. Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years, while the start of the French Open has been postponed from May to September.

The US Open is scheduled to begin in New York in late August, but organizers said they will decide in June whether that tournament will be held at all.

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