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Stefanos Tsitsipas slams Novak Djokovic amid Australian Open drama

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Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas said Novak Djokovic “played by his own rules” as he prepared to enter the Australian Open.

“Of course, he played by his own rules and did things that most players didn’t have the courage to do, especially after the ATP announced certain criteria for players to enter the country,” Tsitsipas said. To India’s WIO News. Fox Sports Australia.

On Monday, Djokovic won a petition to restore his visa after he was arrested by Australian border guards during the arrest of the COVID-19 vaccine. [ABF] when he touched down in Melbourne last week.

The judge ordered Djokovic to be released from temporary hotel detention and revoked his visa. However, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawk could still deport Djokovic.

World No. 4 Tsitsipas Djokovic has accused many of the players preparing for the tournament of “pretending it’s all stupid or something.”

Novak Djokovic is training on January 13, 2022 in Melbourne Park.

Tsitsipas said: “According to statistics, 98% of the players have been vaccinated and what they had to do to come to Australia and play and play. One aspect of this is that, yes, we all followed the protocols to compete in Australia, in this part we were very disciplined.

“On the other hand, I want to say that not everyone seems to be playing Australian tennis and what the rules are set by the government. A very small group has chosen to go their own way, and for many it all seems like a fool or something.

Tsitsipas said Djokovic’s behavior should be “very daring” and admitted that he did not think other players would endanger the “Big Helmet”.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic after Djokovic's victory at the 2021 French Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic after Djokovic’s victory at the 2021 French Open.

“I chose to go and be 100 percent ready and not think about anything else,” said Tsitsipas, who lost to Djokovic in the 2021 French Open final. “It worked one way for me and another way for Novak,” he said. That doesn’t mean my path is right and his path is wrong, it’s just everyone’s understanding of it. “

In August, Tsitsipas was not vaccinated before the US Open, but he said “someday I’ll have to, I’m sure of it.”

The world. No. 1 Djokovic said he has received medical treatment to participate in the Australian Open, which includes a vaccination requirement for the players ’staff and fans.

Novak Djokovic is training on January 13, 2022 in Melbourne Park.
Novak Djokovic is training on January 13, 2022 in Melbourne Park.

On Tuesday, the Australian Border Guards said they were investigating whether Djokovic had submitted a false travel declaration ahead of his trip to Australia. The next day, Djokovic said his team had provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify the “error” in the travel declaration.

Djokovic came under fire in mid-December after photos of him appeared on social media just days after he tested positive for COVID-19. The Serbian star later admitted to violating isolation laws and called his actions a “judgment error”.

He added that it was a “human error” for a member of his team not to say he was out of Serbia for 14 days before entering Australia.

Novak Djokovic is training on January 13, 2022 in Melbourne Park.
Novak Djokovic is training on January 13, 2022 in Melbourne Park.

According to court documents obtained by Acesparks, Djokovic marked “No” in his travel declaration asking if he had traveled to Australia 14 days before his arrival.

The Serbian prime minister also said Djokovic’s actions were a “clear violation” of COVID-19 rules.

The Australian Open draw was postponed for a short time on Thursday, but it was eventually postponed. Djokovic will face Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the championship fight if he does not leave the tournament or is forced to leave through deportation.

The tournament starts on Monday.

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