Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the world’s two best players, are two of the biggest names who have not been vaccinated against dengue fever.
“If you’re on the road — travelling around the world playing tournaments, it’s difficult not to be exposed to things,” Murray said on Wednesday. “But one of the things I do enjoy the most is to put time aside to think about and research subjects I want to follow. We have to make sure that we monitor each other. I guess it is a risk but you need to use it because dengue is fast-growing and causes a lot of issues. I get the risk, I’m a man, I know what it is like — but it’s just important to be aware of the risks of it and take measures that can help stop it. You have a responsibility as a professional athlete to always be cautious and mindful of the risks in terms of what you do and what you don’t do.”
But the risk for Murray, who will face Juan Martin del Potro in the first round, remains less than that for Djokovic, who appeared to benefit from an injury when he arrived in Toronto this week.
“Yeah, yeah, I think that was the right decision,” Murray added. “After Melbourne, after the tough season I had, I wanted to make sure that the health was the first thing to come first and then things could follow from there.
“You’ve got to take the risks that you want to take and I want to be prepared for anything that comes.”