French tennis player Jeremy Chardy recently released a statement regretting his vaccination against COVID-19. On top of that, he suspended his season because according to him, he is facing a “series of problems now because of the vaccine.”
Jeremy Chardy has ‘series of struggles now’
In a statement cited by AFP on Tuesday, Chardy said, “Since I had my vaccine (between the Olympics and the US Open), I have had a problem, I’ve had a series of struggles. Suddenly, I cannot train, I cannot play.” The 34-year-old veteran tennis player further noted that he felt violent pains all over his body whenever he made a physical effort. He added that he had already gone to two doctors and underwent some tests but did not say the findings.
Because of his experiences, he decided not to play this season. Chardy shared, “I prefer to take more time to take care of myself and be sure that in the future I will not have any problem rather than trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible and find myself still having health problems,” Tennis World USA reported.
Regrets about getting vaccinated
About getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Chardy said he could not have known that “this would happen to him.” He said, “It’s the first time that the idea that the next season might be my last has crossed my mind.”
Besides Chardy, another tennis player named Stefanos Tsitsipas expressed his reluctance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Last month, he said that the vaccines have not been tested enough as they are new and carry side effects. He added that he knows people who got the vaccine, and he is not against it, but he does not see any reason for someone in his age group to get the vaccine yet.
Tsitsipas added, “For us young people I think it’s good to pass the virus because we’ll build immunity. I don’t see it as something bad. As I said, it isn’t obligatory, everyone has freedom to decide for themselves what’s right & what’s not. At some point we should all do it, I’m not saying the opposite. The time will come when we will not be given many options, but until then I want to see a better version of the vaccine that gives us more pluses than minuses.”
Reports surfaced, however, saying that Tsitsipas changed his mind and plans to get vaccinated before the season ends.
Doctors, meanwhile, continue to urge people across the world to get vaccinated as they say that COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risks of severe infection, hospitalizations, and deaths.