France’s Nicolas Mahut has revealed that he is vaccinated with only one dose and he fears that may not be enough for him to be allowed to compete at the Australian Open.
The Australian Open officials have yet to make the official announcement but there is a good chance that only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to compete at Melbourne Park.
“I am vaccinated. I had been positive, so I had only one jab three months after I was positive. And today it’s not enough to go there. We need the two jabs. One jab after being positive does not allow you to go there. I need to have a blood test to show if I have enough antibodies. If the rate is high enough it wouldn’t be prudent to have a second jab,” Mahut explained.
“We have to manage all of this between now and the departure for the Masters, because there will be the Davis Cup afterwards. If I need a second jab after the Davis Cup, we don’t have a large window, so that’s it. The situation is not easy for me, as well.”
Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert aim a deep Nitto ATP Finals run
On Sunday, Mahut and Herbert fell just short of winning the Paris Masters doubles title as they suffered a tight three-set defeat to Tim Puetz and Michael Venus.
Mahut and Herbert are now set to play at the Nitto ATP Finals and to also represent France at the Davis Cup Finals.
“Well, it’s great. The Nitto ATP Finals will take place in Turin. It will be wonderful certainly. It’s a privilege to go there,” Mahut insistsed.
“Last year I missed it a lot, and I had watched it on TV, but I felt I had the butterflies really because I would have liked to be there. This year we want to recover as much as we can to give our best tennis. It’s an opportunity to notch wins before joining our buddies for the Davis Cup.”