Multiple Grand Slam winner Rafa Nadal has spoken out about the stance of so-called ‘anti-vaxxers’, but what he did actually say?
Rafa, Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion was speaking to Spanish publication Marca about those who have chosen not to be vaccinated against covid-19, and the potential impact it may have.
One of Nadal’s great rivals, Novak Djokovic has previously said he was opposed to vaccinations.
Djokovic even went and organised a tennis tournament in Croatia and his native Serbia during the first wave of the coronavirus in spring 2020.
But what did Nadal say about anti-vaxxers and how could it impact the Australian Open in January?
What did Rafa Nadal say about anti-vaxxers?
Speaking to Marca, Nadal branded those who refuse to be vaccinated against the virus as “a bit selfish.”
“We have suffered a lot.
“I understand that there are people who do not want to be vaccinated.
“But it seems a bit selfish to me,” Nadal explained.
“We do not know 100% the effects of vaccines, but we do have to trust the doctors.
“We do know the effect of the virus if we are not vaccinated.
“It seems that today, we [Spain] are the country that is least affected by the virus and I think it is because we have a large part of the population vaccinated.”
Spain has given out 73.6 million vaccines, with 37.4 million people fully vaccinated against the virus.
That is 79.1% of the country’s population of about 47.5 million people.
How does it affect Djokovic?
Since the pandemic started, Australia has had one of the strictest quarantine and entry requirements in the world.
Even the Olympic squad returning from Tokyo were forced into mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine upon their return.
It is likely the Australian federal government will require players/coaches for the Australian Open to be fully vaccinated or denied entry.
If he is not vaccinated, Djokovic would be forced to miss the tournament as he seeks a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.
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