“I can’t train, I can’t play” Jeremy Chardy forced to miss the French Open as post-Covid vaccine symptoms stop him yet again

Out of action since the 2021 US Open, France's Jeremy Chardy is forced to skip the 2022 French Open as well due to complications from the Covid-19 vaccine.

Jeremy Chardy
Jeremy Chardy

Former World No. 25 and currently ranked 344th in the world, Jeremy Chardy is having one of the worst time of his career. The 35-year old Frenchman who turned Pro in 2005 has not stepped on the court since the 2021 US Open when he made a first-round exit from the Grand Slam in New York.

Chardy was looking to rise in rankings having reached the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics and also made it to the semi-finals of two ATP-250 events in Antalya and Melbourne and the quarter-finals of two ATP-500 events in Rotterdam and Dubai. These wins saw him enter the Top-50 once again but the joy was short-lived.

Shortly after taking a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Chardy developed some side-effect symptoms of the vaccine in one of the very rare cases. The effects of the symptoms eventually have resulted in the Frenchman not being able to play since the US Open and is now outside the Top-300, just 6 months since being ranked the World No. 70 in the US Open.

“Since I got my vaccine, I have a problem, I have a lot of problems. As a result, I can’t train, I can’t play. I don’t know what to do. The problem is that we have no hindsight on the vaccine. There are people who had similar [side-effects], but the duration [of the issues] were really different. In my head, it’s difficult, because I don’t know how long it will last.

“For now, my season is stopped and I don’t know when I’ll start again. I turn 35 in February so for the moment I’m maybe a little bit negative, but this is the first time the idea that next season might be my last has crossed my mind. I’m thinking about it… It’s difficult because I was enjoying myself and I wanted to play longer,” told Chardy to AFP after the US Open last year.

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Jeremy Chardy will miss the French Open for the first time since turning Pro

Jeremy Chardy
Jeremy Chardy in action at the Tokyo Olympics

Chardy reached 3 ATP Finals winning only the 2009 Stuttgart Open played on Clay. He was a runner-up in the 2019 French Open‘s Men’s Doubles where he had partnered compatriot Fabrice Martin but the pair lost to the German duo of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. In Doubles, Jeremy had 7 titles from 17 finals.

His best Grand Slam singles result came at the 2013 Australian Open where he reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual runner-up Andy Murray. From 2008 to 2021, barring the 2011 US Open, Chardy played every Grand Slam. However, with the complications developed recently, he is now forced to miss both the majors held this year.

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