Stefanos Tsitsipas slams Novak Djokovic amid Australian Open drama

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Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas believes Novak Djokovic “played by his own rules” when it got here to getting ready to enter Australia for the Australian Open.

“For sure he has been playing by his own rules and has been doing something that not many players had the guts to go and do, especially after the ATP announced certain criteria for players to enter the country,” Tsitsipas advised India’s WIO News, per Fox Sports Australia.

On Monday, Djokovic received his attraction to have his visa reinstated after he was detained throughout a COVID-19 vaccine saga with the Australia Border Force [ABF] when he touched down in Melbourne final week.

A choose ordered for Djokovic to be launched from a brief lodge detention and threw out the cancellation of his visa. However, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke may nonetheless deport Djokovic.

The world No. 4, Tsitsipas, accused the Djokovic of constructing the “majority” of gamers getting ready for the match “look like they’re all fools or something.”

Novak Djokovic working out at Melbourne Park on Jan. 13, 2022.Novak Djokovic understanding at Melbourne Park on Jan. 13, 2022.AFP by way of Getty Images

Tsitsipas mentioned, “The stats say 98 p.c of gamers have been vaccinated and did what they needed to do as a way to come and carry out and play in Australia. One aspect of it’s, yeah we’ve all adopted the protocols as a way to compete in Australia, we’ve been very disciplined in that half.

“The other side, I’d say that it kind of seems like not everyone is playing by the rules of how Tennis Australia and the government have been putting things. A very small group chose to follow their own way and it kind of makes the majority look like they’re all fools or something.”

Tsitsipas mentioned Djokovic’s actions took “a lot of daring to do,” and admitted he doesn’t suppose different gamers would put a Grand Slam in danger.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic after Djokovic's win at the 2021 French Open.Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic after Djokovic’s win on the 2021 French Open.Corbis by way of Getty Images

“I chose to go and be 100 percent ready for whatever was to come and not having to think about anything else,” mentioned Tsitsipas, who misplaced to Djokovic on the 2021 French Open closing. “For me, it worked one way, for Novak, it worked another way. That doesn’t really mean that my way is the right one and his way is the wrong one, it’s just each person’s perception about it.”

Tsitsipas was unvaccinated in August forward of the US Open, although mentioned he would “at some point I will have to, I’m pretty sure about it.”

The world. No. 1, Djokovic mentioned he obtained a medical exemption to take part within the Australian Open, which has a vaccination requirement in place for gamers workers and followers.

Novak Djokovic working out at Melbourne Park on Jan. 13, 2022.Novak Djokovic understanding at Melbourne Park on Jan. 13, 2022.AFP by way of Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Australian Border Force mentioned it was investigating whether or not Djokovic submitted a false journey declaration forward of his journey to Australia. The subsequent day, Djokovic mentioned his staff supplied further info to the Australian Government to make clear the “mistake” of his journey declaration.

Djokovic got here below hearth after images of him surfaced on social media within the days after he examined optimistic for COVID-19 in mid-December. The Serbian star later acknowledged that he did break isolation legal guidelines and referred to as his actions “an error of judgment.”

He added that “human error” by a member of his staff was why he didn’t state he had travelled exterior of Serbia within the 14-day interval previous to coming into Australia.

Novak Djokovic working out at Melbourne Park on Jan. 13, 2022.Novak Djokovic understanding at Melbourne Park on Jan. 13, 2022.AFP by way of Getty Images

Djokovic had checked “No” on a journey declaration that requested if he had traveled within the 14 days previous to his arrival into Australia, in keeping with courtroom paperwork obtained by CNN.

The Serbian prime minister additionally mentioned Djokovic’s actions seem like “a clear breach” of COVID-19 guidelines.

The Australian Open draw was briefly delayed on Thursday, however it will definitely was held. Djokovic will face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic within the first spherical of his title protection, except he withdraws, or is pressured to withdraw by way of deportation.

The match begins Monday.

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