As everyone knows, weeks ago, French tennis player Jeremy Chardy released statements about his current physical condition to the newspaper L ’Equipe. The French tennis player has announced that his 2021 season has ended prematurely due to a series of problems that are holding him back at this stage: according to what was stated by the former player number 25 in the ATP ranking, the main cause is an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
. The topic has always created controversy and confrontation between the various tennis players on the Tour, with several who did not take a position and others who initially challenged it and openly declared not to do so (some only later changed their mind).
A concrete example is the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who, after much criticism of refusing to administer it, did not hide his intention to receive the serum before the end of the year. Chardy underwent the administration of the anti-Covid serum between the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the US Open and the result was not effective over time: "Since I received the inoculation, I have more than one problem to deal with.
Consequently, I can't play tennis, I can't even train. I prefer to take more time to treat myself and be sure that, in the future, I will have no further complications. At the moment my vintage is at a standstill and I don't even know when I will resume.
So now I regret taking the vaccine, but I couldn't know. It is the first time that the idea has crossed my mind that next season could be the last." Chardy's performance in the period highlighted was not exciting, a bit like the rest of the 2021 tournaments: in fact, in Cincinnati he was eliminated in the qualifiers by the American Sandgren, while in the last Grand Slam competition in New York the Frenchman had tried to keep up with the Italian Matteo Berrettini, without succeeding.
WTA suspends tournaments in China for Peng's issue
WTA has announced the immediate and official suspension of all women's tournaments in China and Hong Kong. The decision was made after the situation that arose around the Chinese tennis player Shuai Peng, an athlete who had publicly accused one of the main members of the Chinese parliament, Zhang Gaoli, of abuse.
Since that moment, any social media publication and any situation relating to the topic has been censored in China. Strong condemnations by the WTA and its CEO Steve Simon who, from the beginning, accused China and declared himself ready to declare 'war' on the Chinese government.
Many have applauded this decision by the WTA, a decision that could bring huge economic damage to women's tennis, estimated at as much as 200 million dollars. Shuai Peng has appeared on video since that day and everything seems to be back to normal, but the accusations disappeared and the tennis player's own statements appear as a discordant note, almost as if it had all been orchestrated by China.
After the WTA, now all sportsmen and tennis fans are waiting for the reaction of the ATP too, with many asking for the same reaction from the male body as well. The women's Tour is now on the covers of media all over the world and the choice of the WTA is receiving a lot of praise.
Waiting for a decision by the ATP, even the number one in the world Novak Djokovic seems to have taken a clear position and made important statements: "The PTPA is always on the side of the tennis players and fully supports the WTA as at the moment we do not have enough information about Peng Shuai and his current well-being.
I see nothing wrong with the request from the WTA to ask for more clarity on what is happening. I think it is important to support everyone, whether these are men or women and regardless of their organization. It is really sad that we are not given any further information on the subject and as a tennis community we must all be on the same side and be all together."