Tsitsipas angers Greek govt over Covid vaccine views https://t.co/Ew2W64bGEF— Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) August 19, 2021
World number three Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed he has yet to take the vaccination.
“No-one has made it a mandatory thing to be vaccinated. At some point I will have to, I’m pretty sure about it, but so far it hasn’t been mandatory to compete, so I haven’t done it, no. I’m young, under 25 category, for me the vaccine has not been tested enough, it is new. It has some side effects. I personally know some people who have had them. I’m not against it, I just see no reason for someone in my age group to need to be vaccinated. I want to see a better version of the vaccine, which will give us more pluses than minuses,”
Tsitsipas’s father and coach Apostolos backed his son’s decision.
“Athletes have a strong enough immune system to deal with any challenge that may arise. They take the necessary measures, are in a controlled environment and do PCR and Antigen tests almost every day,”
The Greek government criticised tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas
“He has neither the knowledge, nor the studies, nor the research work, that would allow him to form an opinion about it. Tsitsipas is a great athlete, what is at stake, however, is his ability to assess the need for vaccinations or whether the vaccine has been tested for a sufficient period of time.”
Novak Djokovic hoped the Covid-19 vaccine would not become mandatory for players to compete and has declined to answer questions regarding his own vaccination status. Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal feel athletes need to play their part to get life back to some form of normality.