World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas has taken a swipe at embattled Novak Djokovic insisting he has
put the Australian Open at risk and made other tennis players “look like fools”
The Serbian world number one, top seed and defending champion is looking to secure a 10th Australian Open title at Melbourne Park it gets underway next Monday and an unprecedented 21st Grand Slam crown.
But the dream appears to have hit the rocks with a bang after Australia government cancelled the visa again today.
“For sure he has been playing by his own rules,” Tsitsipas said in an interview with Indian broadcaster WION.
“It takes a lot of daring to do and (is) putting a Grand Slam at risk… I don’t think many players would do that.”
Tsitsipas, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s French Open final, said nearly everyone at the Melbourne tournament had been vaccinated.
Others, he said, “chose to follow their own way which kind of makes the majority look like they’re all fools.”
Djokovic flew into Melbourne airport on January 5 carrying a vaccine exemption because of a claimed positive PCR test result on December 16.
Border agents rejected his exemption, saying a recent infection was an insufficient justification, tore up his visa and placed him in a detention centre.
But Djokovic’s high-powered legal team overturned the visa decision in court on Monday on a procedural matter related to his airport interview.
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Tennis star Novak Djokovic was back on the tennis court in Melbourne for a training session within hours of his court victory against a decision to refuse him a visa in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
But the government on Friday moved against the ruling cancelling Djokovic’s visa for the second time an indication that the 21-Grand Slam chasing player will not be part of action when it serves off on Monday.