Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has angered the Greek government with his comments on COVID-10 vaccine. This week, world No. 3 Tsitsipas revealed he hasn't yet taken the vaccination. Tsitsipas noted that he doesn't feel the urge to take the jab because it hasn't been made a mandatory thing for competing on the Tour.
However, the Greek has acknowledged that he is not anti-vaccine and that at some point he will take the jab. "He has neither the knowledge, nor the studies, nor the research work, that would allow him to form an opinion about it," government spokesman Giannis Economou said during a press briefing, per France24.
Tsitsipas wants to see a better version of the vaccine
"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," he said.
"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."
Tsitsipas suggested a better vaccine could be made. "I want to see a better version of the vaccine, which will give us more pluses than minuses," Tsitsipas added. Tsitsipas' father, Apostolos, agreed with his son.
"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," Apostolos told Greek public television ERT.
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas is playing at this week's Cincinnati Masters. Tsitsipas, who made the Toronto Masters semifinal last week, is now aiming to make a deep run on the hard courts of Cincinnati.