Australian Open rival Stefanos Tsitsipas remains unimpressed with how Novak Djokovic has so far managed to skirt vaccination rules to stay in Australia without having COVID jabs.

The controversial Serb remains in Australia despite a massive cloud hanging over his participation at the Grand Slam with the iigration minister still undecided on whether to deport the world No 1.

Greek Tsitsipas was leaning away from a jab until  pressure from the ATP and Tennis Australia persuaded all but 3-4 top players to get jabbed – Tsitsipas among them.

“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,” he said.

“It seems like not everyone is playing by the rules of how Tennis Australia and the government,

“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.

“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,” he said of Djoko’s rebellious stand.

“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.”


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