Eugene Lapierre expects to see the majority of players

Tennis players who will participate in the National Bank Open next August will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Despite the reluctance of some stars to get vaccinated, the Canadian government’s decision does not appear to worry Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre.

In Canada, any athlete – professional or amateur – who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to enter the country to compete in a competition from January 15, according to a recently informed Federal Public Security Minister, Marco Mendicino.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Canadian Tennis Club president and CEO Michael Downey emphasized that the National Bank Open would certainly not be an exception, “but the situation could change by August.”

It is difficult to say after nine months of the tournament that players who have not been vaccinated may have to forgo participation.

According to CNN, in October, 30% of ATP and WTA players who appeared in the top 100 players in the world were not vaccinated.

The circles did not respond to magazine Tuesday, when calling to see if there is more recent data.

But Craig Tilley, president of Tennis Australia, said last week he expects 95% of players to be in time for the Australian Open, which takes place in January.

The mystery about “Djoko”

Organizers of the first round of this season’s Grand Slam have already announced that all athletes participating in the tournament will need to be vaccinated against the virus.

This decision in particular calls into question the participation of Serbian Novak Djokovic, the current champion. The world number one has so far refused to disclose whether he has been vaccinated or not.

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“There has been a lot of speculation about Novak,” Tilley said in mid-November. He says his decision is a private matter. ”

hard heads

Eugene Lapierre was a fan on Tuesday due to the rapid increase in the vaccination rate among players.

Greater Quebec City will get its best snow boots from the ATP from August 5-14.

“Perhaps some will find it difficult to think through to the end,” he noted. We will have a better idea of ​​who will be vaccinated during the Australian Open. I think the majority of the players will be there. “

Besides Djokovic, Russian Daniil Medvedev and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas recently expressed their reluctance to vaccinate against COVID-19.

But the world number 2 and 4 have confirmed their participation in the Australian Open, indicating that they have either been vaccinated or will come in time for the tournament.

Eugenie Bouchard should not return to Australia

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Eugenie Bouchard is not expected to return to compete in the Australian Open, the “strong” goal she set for herself in August, two and a half months after undergoing shoulder surgery.

But Quebec, who was injured in March in Monterrey, got the go-ahead from doctors on Monday to resume ground training.

“Australia, it seems very tight to me, I lifted on Tuesday Sylvain Bruno, Head of Women’s Tennis Canada. But I spoke with him and the doctors are very satisfied with his rehabilitation.”

After several weeks of inactivity, Eugenie slipped back to 250NS Having managed to climb near the top 100 at the start of the year.

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Bianca Andreescu (46NS world) in Melbourne for the first major race of 2022. The Canadian announced on Monday that she wants to take a break to recharge.

If the Canadian Tennis Organization prepared a positive assessment of the performance of its players on Tuesday, especially in the Grand Slam tournaments, the organization also noted some fatigue.

Lily Fernandez Trip (24NS) until the US Open final, as well as being in the fourth quarter of Felix Auger-Aliassime (11NS, in New York) and Denis Shapovalov (14NS, at Wimbledon) highlights singles season highlights.

But besides Andreescu, at the end of the year Shapovalov also mentioned the “need to rest.” Many players from other countries said they are tired due to the restrictions surrounding the pandemic.

“Dennis wanted to give himself time to get off to a good start, because he probably got a little tired at the end,” explained Guillaume Marks, Tennis Canada performance director.

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