World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas reportedly received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, the correspondent of Greece’s state broadcaster ERT in Melbourne reported on Friday noon local time. The correspondent reported that Tsitsipas will not have any problems with his participation at the Australian Open.
Tsitsipas kicked off his 2022 season at the ATP Cup, where he barely played in two singles matches. Also, Tsitsipas appeared in one doubles match.
Tsitsipas didn't want to risk too much
Tsitsipas pulled out of his first ATP Cup match against Hubert Hurkacz because he didn't feel ready to return to singles action.
However, Tsitsipas gave a shot to singles two days later as he played Diego Schwartzman. Tsitsipas lost to Schwartzman in three sets. "I'm in a little bit of pain. That's normal. I served more serves than I have ever served at the last one month.
Yeah, the fatigue at the end, but, you know, I tried to avoid the pain. Got to finish the match somehow," Tsitsipas revealed after his return to singles action against Schwartzman. Tsitsipas was 4-1 in the first set against Nikoloz Basilashvili in his second singles match before the Georgian retired.
"I don't really know how is his health. It's not easy playing when you're not 100%," Tsitsipas said after the Basilashvili retirement. "I completely understand his situation. It's a shame there was no match today, but there will be doubles!" Tsitsipas enjoyed kicking off his season in Sydney.
"Sydney always greets us very well, Melbourne same. We've been to Perth, we found some Greeks there too hanging around. It's been treating us very well, coming to Australia and playing in front of Aussie and Greek fans," Tsitsipas noted.
"I love Australia. The weather's great. Sometimes it's a bit too hot, you could fry an egg on the court, but we are ready for difficult matches and also the excitement."