14 Jan 2022 | 10:28 | Tennis
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world No. 4 tennis player, did not appreciate Novak Djokovic’s actions after the controversy before the Australian Open 2022.No. 4 tennis player, did not appreciate Novak Djokovic’s actions after the controversy before the Australian Open 2022.
“I believe Djokovic acts by his own rules,” asserted Tsitsipas on India Wion . “Not many athletes would do that. No one would have thought Nole would come to Australia without being vaccinated and not following the rules of the local government.”
Djokovic is still participating in the first Grand Slam tournament in 2022. However, the Serbian player caused trouble for himself as well as the tournament organizers.
Australian media accused Djokovic of lying about the travel schedule to enter the country. Nole later admitted his agent made a mistake, so he filled out the Australian entry form incorrectly.
” Djokovic’s actions put the whole tournament at risk,” continued Tsitsipas. “I don’t think many players will act to influence others like him.”
The Greek tennis player even hinted at Djokovic’s selfish and unkind behavior: “It’s sad that not everyone follows the rules. Some people like to act according to their own will. That’s very ugly.” .
The World Tennis Association (ATP) announced that 97 of the world’s top 100 players have been vaccinated. American tennis player ranked number 93 in the world, Tennys Sandgren, earlier this month confirmed that he will not attend the Australian Open 2022 because he has not been vaccinated.
At noon on January 13 (Hanoi time), the organizers of the Australian Open 2022 had to postpone the tournament draw for nearly an hour to wait for the government’s decision on Djokovic’s case. After the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, did not mention the issue of Djokovic in the press conference at the same time, the draw ceremony for the Australian Open 2022 took place.
Djokovic will have the opening match of the Australian Open 2022 against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, ranked 78th in the world. If there are no surprises, the owner of 20 Grand Slams will meet 7th seed Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal or Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.
Tsitsipas is located in the other branch. The Greek player can face other strong opponents in the inner round such as Daniil Medvedev, seeded No. 2, or Andrey Rublev, world No. 5 player.