World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas suggested Novak Djokovic refusing to get vaccinated and “playing by his own rules” makes the majority look like “fools.”
Tsitsipas stated that around 98 percent of players who have come to Australia have been vaccinated.
Djokovic, who was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open, admitted a few days ago he was unvaccinated.
“The stats say 98 per cent of players have been vaccinated and did what they had to do in order to come and perform and play in Australia,” Tsitsipas told WIO News, as quoted on Fox Sports Australia.
“One side of it is, yeah we’ve all followed the protocols in order to compete in Australia, we’ve been very disciplined in that part.
“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 says Djokovic is playing by his own rules
“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 said.
“No one would have really thought I could come to Australia unvaccinated and not having to follow the protocols that they gave me, which takes a lot of daring to do, and putting a Grand Slam at risk. I don’t think many players could do that.
“I chose to go and be 100 percent ready for whatever was to come and not having to think about anything else.
“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.”