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Many world elite tennis players have chosen not to give their point of view in the Novak Djokovic case on Australian soil. However, the Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipas is not one of them and at only 23 years old he did not hesitate to send poisoned darts to the Serbian and number one in the world.
“For sure he has played by his own rules and has done what not many players dared to do, especially after the ATP announced certain criteria for players to enter the country.”Stéfanos Tsitsipas told India’s WION news channel.
It should be noted that Tsitsipas is currently ranked fourth in the ATP Rankings, only surpassed by Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Djokovic. That is why he will face the Australian Open with all the gallantry possible to climb more positions.
“Nobody really thought that they could come to Australia without getting vaccinated and without having to follow the protocols. It takes a lot of daring to do it and put the Grand Slam at risk, something I don’t think many players did.“added the Greek tennis player.
Tsitsipas has not been the only one so far who has spoken forcefully in reference to the vaccine, since the first was Rafael Nadal; although the Spaniard wanted to put aside the controversy and did not speak more about the subject to focus on his preparation.
“There are two ways to see it. For one thing, almost all the players are fully vaccinated and have followed the protocols for playing in Australia. On the other hand it seems that not everyone is following the rules a very small majority chose to go their own way which in a way makes the majority look silly“, Tsitsipas concluded in reference to whether or not Djokovic should defend his title.
Tsitsipas, for his part, will debut on Australian soil against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in what will be the first round of the Australian Grand Tournament.