Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Djokovic ‘playing by his own rules’, says Tsitsipaso

Djokovic was drawn into Thursday’s Australian Open draw, although uncertainty remains over his involvement with the government deciding whether to revoke his visa for a second time over concerns about his medical exemption from Australia’s vaccine mandate. to do or not.

The 34-year-old, a vaccine skeptic, sparked widespread anger in Australia when he announced he was moving to Melbourne, which has granted visitors a medical exemption from vaccination requirements against COVID-19.

The Australian Border Force said his exemption was invalid and he was kept in an immigration detention hotel, but a court later allowed him to stay on the grounds that officers interviewed him in the intervening seven-hour process was “inappropriate”. ” did. night.

“Certainly, he is playing by his own rules and doing what many players did not dare to do, especially after the ATP announced certain criteria for players to enter the country,” said Greece’s Tsitsipas. Told India’s WION news channel.

“Nobody really thought they could come to Australia without vaccinations and without following protocol… it takes a lot of courage to do that and risk the Grand Slam, which I don’t think many players do.” do.”

Tsitsipas plays a forehand during a practice session during the seventh day of the Melbourne Summer Events at Melbourne Park.

The ATP, which regulates men’s tennis, has said that 97 of the top 100 male players have been vaccinated. American world number 93 tennis player Tennys Sandgren told reporters earlier this month that she withdrew from the Australian Open because of the vaccine and has opted not to apply for a medical exemption.

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Asked whether Djokovic should defend his title at Melbourne Park next week as his visa saga continues, Tsitsipas said: “There are two ways to look at it. The side of it is that almost every single player is completely Have been vaccinated from … and have followed the protocol for playing in Australia.

“On the other hand, it seems that not everyone is playing by the rules… a very small majority chose to follow their own way, which makes the majority look like fools.”


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