‘When I have antibodies then why do I have to be in a bubble and get PCR tests every three days’: Top ATP ace

Fernando Verdasco questions the policies of the ATP and the different tournament organizing committees.

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Roberto Bautista Agut Fernando Verdasco Rafael Nadal
Roberto Bautista Agut Fernando Verdasco Rafael Nadal

Fernando Verdasco in his prime was ranked as high as no.7 in the ATP World rankings and also has a Semi-final appearance at the 2009 Australian Open, his best grand slam finish till date. The thirty-seven year old Spaniard who turned pro in 2001 also has seven ATP titles in his locker. In the last few years though he has seen a drastic dip in his fortune and his World ranking has plummeted to no.71.

Verdasco who came back on tour with the Miami Open 2021, post Covid enforced break, has not done too well on the court so far. At Miami he was knocked out by American  Bjorn Fratangelo in the first round. His next outing was in the Estoril Open  where he again fell in the first round to Albert Ramos Viñolas. His last outing was at the ATP Madrid Open, where he was for the third consecutive time this year eliminated in the very first round. He lost to Cristian Garín in straight sets 6-1 6-4. 

Fernando Verdasco questions why he is being treated the same as non vaccinated players 

Fernando Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco has a question for the ATP and the different tournament organizing committees. He says that he is already vaccinated against Covid, that he already has antibodies in him, then why does he still have to follow certain protocols? 

He points out that he is being asked to do the same things like stay in bubble, or PCR test like other players who have not been vaccinated till now. Fernando Verdasco who had Covid-19 in August and recently got vaccinated said, “I have the antibodies but I still have to be in the bubble and get a PCR testing every three days. What’s the point? Me and the other players should not have the same restrictions.”

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