Stefanos Tsitsipas gives his verdict on Novak Djokovic’s ATP Cup exile

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic in conversation

Novak Djokovic’s vaccine status has become the big talking point in tennis ahead of the new season and world No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas has insisted he has no sympathy for the Serbian after he pulled out of the ATP Cup.

Defending Australian Open champion Djokovic is reported to have asked for a medical exception to play in the first Grand Slam of 2022, amid strong suggestions that he will not take a Covid-19 vaccine.

Now Tsitsipas has given his verdict on the story, as he insisted he has done what was needed to enter Australia.

“Rules are rules, and they are established for a purpose,” declared the Greek star.

“So if some players decide not to follow them, it’s their choice. I wouldn’t say it’s right or wrong here.

“I followed whatever was necessary in order for me to come into Australia.

“If Djokovic thinks he is not ready to play ATP Cup for whatever reason, it is his choice,” commented the world No.4.

“I think most of the players respect his choice. What can I say? The ATP Cup will lack on a great player this year.”

Australian Open chiefs have admitted they don’t know whether Djokovic will play at their event, with a decision on whether he will fly to Australia needing to be made in the next few days.

Meanwhile, Djokovic’s great rival Rafael Nadal has landed in Melbourne, as the fully vaccinated Spaniard prepares to play in his first major championship since last summer’s French Open.

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