Novak Djokovic "has played by its own rules" by deciding not to get vaccinated against covid-19 before the Australian Open and "makes most tennis players look like idiots", estimated this Thursday the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 4th in the world) in an interview with the Indian media WION.
Arriving in Melbourne last week with a medical exemption, for allegedly having tested positive for covid on December 16, the Serb had his entry visa rejected by the Australian authorities and detained in a migrant center before being released by a judge. days after.
Immersed in a legal dispute with the Australian authorities, the world number 1 is still at risk of being expelled from Australia, which would prevent him from participating in the first Grand Slam of the season, which begins on Monday.
"What is certain is that he has played by his own rules", criticized Tsitsipas. "That requires a lot of courage and puts the entire tournament in jeopardy… I don’t think there are many tennis players who would have done the same"added the Greek.
"I have chosen to come here (following health rules) and be prepared for the next thing, without having to think about anything else. Novak has chosen something else. That does not necessarily mean that my way of acting is good and theirs is bad, it is just the perception of each one", insisted the number 4 in the world.
The Greek, who lost to Djokovic in the last Roland Garros final, in his first at a Grand Slam, indicated that almost all the players present in Melbourne are vaccinated.
The others "have chosen to go their own way, which makes most of them look like idiots", critical.