the spanish tennis player Pablo Carreno has ensured that the controversy created by the decision of the Serbian Novak Djokovic of traveling to Australia without being vaccinated against the coronavirus “is not good for tennis”, and has defended that if a player does not receive the vaccine he should not participate in the Open de Australia, first ‘Grand Slam’ of the season.
“One of the clear and main rules to come here is to be vaccinated, so what you have to do is get vaccinated, and if not, don’t come. Everyone is free to do or try to do what they can, but these messes are not good for tennis“, he pointed out in statements to Eurosport.
However, the Asturian prefers to focus on what concerns him personally in the ocean competition. “We shouldn’t be aware of whether they are going to let him play, if the team needs to be changed. I think this situation is a bit complicated.“, he indicated.
Regarding the acclimatization to the southern summer, Carreño acknowledged that he has good feelings. “I’m feeling very good in training and with good breaks I’m getting used to it much faster. I’ve varied the tracks a lot to train so I can see the real speed of each one of them. The sensations are good and physically I feel good and I think that is very important for me so I hope to achieve a great result”, he underlined.
In this sense, he considers that the previous days in Australia are being “different” from those of 2021, in which they had to undergo a strict quarantine to play the ‘big’. “The conditions we had here last year were unacceptable. They made a great effort with the issue of the pandemic to be able to hold the tournament, but I think it was not possible to do it in optimal conditions.“, he stated.
“The 15 days of quarantine that we had were quite bad, very difficult to be able to train. There were many injuries; I injured my abdominal due to those 15 days in which I was in the hotel,” recalled Carreño.