Dominic Thiem has decided to get vaccinated against covid to be able to play the Australian Tennis Open in early 2022. After the controversy over his reluctance to receive the covid vaccine, the winner of the 2020 United States Open has finally decided to get vaccinated, according to The player himself announced on his Instagram account.
Thiem has stated that he will debut MWTC 2021 in Abu Dhabi in December, with the aim of returning to the circuit for the Australian Open in Melbourne in January 2022 . The Australian authorities demanded to have been vaccinated with the two doses to be able to enter the country, so the tennis player has confirmed his immunization since its publication: “It goes without saying that the vaccine is necessary to play both events , and in my case already I have been vaccinated. I recently saw a news story about it and had made it very clear that I would be vaccinated. “
“I hope that next time we will not go as far (with the controversy) as last week. I have always been in favor of the vaccine,” added the tennis player, current number 12 in the world.
Needed to compete
Before deciding to get vaccinated, the 28-year-old player caused a stir by ensuring that he had not yet been vaccinated – nor did he want to – as he preferred to wait for the approval of the vaccine from the American manufacturer Novavax . This drug, which has not yet been licensed in Europe, is based on a more traditional immunization technology, unlike the BioNtech Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines.
The debate reached such a level that the Austrian Minister of Health himself, Wolfgang Mückstein, a doctor by training, publicly asked him to vaccinate against the covid .
In addition, Thiem, who for years was among the Top 5 in world tennis , was in full recovery after a serious injury to his right wrist. In his Instagram message, the tennis player has announced that he will return to the international tennis courts between December 16 and 18 in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and, to enter that country, he also needs to be vaccinated with complete guideline .