Djokovic makes different gamers ‘appear to be fools’: Tsitsipas  |  Photo Credit score: AP
Novak Djokovic had put the Australian Open in danger and made different tennis gamers “appear to be fools” after travelling to Australia unvaccinated, world quantity 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas stated Thursday.
The Serbian world primary, prime seed and defending champion is seeking to safe a tenth Australian Open title at Melbourne Park — it will get underway subsequent Monday — and an unprecedented twenty first Grand Slam crown.
However the vaccine-sceptic’s destiny stays unsure with Australia’s authorities pondering whether or not to revoke his visa once more and throw him overseas for breaking Covid protocols.
“For positive he has been enjoying by his personal guidelines,” Tsitsipas stated in an interview with Indian broadcaster WION.
“It takes quite a lot of daring to do and (is) placing a Grand Slam in danger… I do not assume many gamers would try this.”
Tsitsipas, who misplaced to Djokovic in final yr’s French Open last, stated practically everybody on the Melbourne event had been vaccinated.
Others, he stated, “selected to comply with their very own manner which form of makes the bulk appear to be they’re all fools.”
Djokovic flew into Melbourne airport on January 5 carrying a vaccine exemption due to a claimed optimistic PCR check consequence on December 16.
Border brokers rejected his exemption, saying a latest an infection was an inadequate justification, tore up his visa and positioned him in a detention centre.
However Djokovic’s high-powered authorized workforce overturned the visa choice in court docket on Monday on a procedural matter associated to his airport interview.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated Thursday no choice had been made on whether or not to revoke Djokovic’s visa a second time.
Djokovic was nonetheless included within the first spherical draw of the Australian Open the identical day.
Even when he’s allowed to remain, there are questions over his preparations and health for the gruelling two-week event after he was compelled to spend 4 nights within the detention facility.