Have Tennis Players Dropped Out of the Australia Open With Chest Pains?
Viral social media posts and articles claim that vaccinated tennis players have pulled out of the Australian Open with chest pains. Most of the posts claim three players—Nikoloz Basilashvili, Nick Kyrgios, and Dalila Jakupović—have withdrawn, while some claim that a fourth has done so, with one including a video of Jakupović as the supposed fourth.
Both Basilashvili and Kyrgios appeared in the men’s singles draw at the Australian Open this year, and neither withdrew. Basilashvili, seeded 21st, was upset in the first round by wild card entry Andy Murray—the former world No. 1 whose ranking has dropped the past few years following back problems—and Kyrgios lost in the second round in four sets to No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev. Kyrgios is still in the tournament in doubles, and is now in the quarterfinals with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis.