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Andy Murray has backed calls for players to get vaccinated against measles, with the British No1 challenging tennis players to take the medicine if they could not be bothered to get a vaccination.
Eight-time grand slam winner Martina Navratilova and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have both voiced their concerns over not vaccinating their children, with Tsonga describing having been hesitant about giving his son the measles-mumps-rubella jab.
Murray said: “All players are champions and we all should be champions. There’s lots of things that you can be reluctant or scared to do – [drinking water from a puddle] is a pretty crazy thing to do – but there are things that you can do that people might not be as afraid of as other things. I would say a whole bunch of things.
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“That’s probably one that is on the softer side that people aren’t as scared of [vaccinating children]. But everyone should have the right to decide what they do with their body, and if you’re worried about it then definitely I think it’s something that you should get vaccinated for.
“Obviously if I was a little one and I saw that it was right there I’d definitely be getting that vaccination. But for everybody it’s their choice. If you can get vaccinated you should get vaccinated, for sure.
“Obviously in the past a lot of players have got the glandular fever thing and the glandular fever isn’t a result of the measles itself, it’s a result of the glandular fever.
“It’s about the (vaccine’s) side effects or whatever it is. If you can get vaccinated and not have side effects that’s good, but obviously it’s not possible to get both done at the same time.”
Murray’s comments come a week after he returned to the practice court after three months on the sidelines with a back injury that kept him out of the first two matches at the Indian Wells and Miami Open.
“The back feels fine,” the world No 3 said. “I’ve had a good few weeks at the practice court. I’ve practised for a few days, done some warm-ups. It’s good to be back on the court.”