“Makes most of it look dumb”

The position of the tennis players on the Djokovic case is being, so far, very tepid. The vast majority choose not to have an opinion or to throw balls out stating that all parties have made mistakes.

It is not the case of Stefanos Tsitsipas, who believes that the world’s number one has been “playing by his own rules” and he has jeopardized his candidacy for what could be the 21st Grand Slam title by failing to follow Australia’s vaccination requirements.

Sure he has played by his own rules and has done what not many players dared to doespecially after the ATP announced certain criteria for players to enter the country, “Tsitsipas told India’s WION news channel.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

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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 would do“he continued.

Asked whether Djokovic should defend his title at Melbourne Park next week as he continues his visa saga, Tsitsipas said: “There are two ways to look at it. On the one hand, 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 foolish.“.

The ATP has said that 97 of the top 100 male players are vaccinated. American Tennys Sandgren, world number 93, told reporters earlier this month that he had withdrawn from the Australian Open due to the vaccine’s mandate and that he had chosen not to apply for a medical exemption.

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