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Monte Carlo to offer testing exemptions for vaccinated players
"Persons who have fully completed the vaccination process may be exempt from quarantine after their initial PCR test on arrival to the tournament," an ATP document read.
Published Apr 02, 2021
The ATP has changed its safety protocols to include various exemptions for players and other persons who have received coronavirus vaccinations, a move that will come into effect at the Monte Carlo Masters.
According to The Daily Mail, an ATP document says that self-isolating upon arrival could no longer be required.
"Persons who have fully completed the vaccination process may be exempt from quarantine after their initial PCR test on arrival to the tournament," read the document.
Those with required doses of specified, approved vaccinations who "have submitted proof to ATP for entry into the ATP Testing Exemption List would be eligible," it continued.
It is not apparent which, if any, players would meet the requirements at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Monte Carlo.
Some ATP and WTA players expressed reluctance to inoculation during Miami, though others indicated they planned to get vaccinated. Said Andrey Rublev, "For the moment now it doesn’t really give you any privilege. You still have to be in the bubble."
These steps by the ATP would change that. The WTA has not done anything similar, saying more scientific guidance is needed. But both tours indicated they are recommending vaccination.
The ATP issued a statement saying it would "evaluate vaccination strategies" as it became accessible for players. In a statement, the WTA said it would "encourage everyone to get" and inform players of "the benefits of getting vaccinated," but would not require it of players.
The new ATP protocols are also offering further freedom. The Daily Mail suggested "players might be given more flexibility with accommodation," while the Telegraph said they would also not have to quarantine upon coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
There is also an exemption for players who have tested positive for coronavirus within the previous three months, it said.
The ATP Tour has not published the changes.