World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas said he respects Novak Djokovic's decision to keep his vaccination status private. Djokovic's participation at the Australian Open is a mistery but Tsitsipas' isn't as the vaccinated Greek is set to compete at Melbourne Park.
"It is his choice, I respect it. Everyone has the freedom to decide. I will go to Australia," Tsitsipas told Sky Sport. Tsitsipas drew criticism for his vaccine comments a few months ago but recently he had a change of heart and decided to get vaccinated.
"I don't promote vaccination, but I'm not even against it. I support anyone who wants to do it. I am not a doctor, I am an athlete and my outlook may not be the best when it comes to medicine. I will be vaccinated this year.
I do it to have a normal life," Tsitsipas told Greek TV ANT1.
Tsitsipas' elbow well ahead of the new season
Tsitsipas had an unfortunate end to the season as an elbow injury hampered him at the Paris Masters and ATP Finals.
“My elbow is fantastic. I am sure I will be 100% back. The goal is definitely to go even higher. I hope the preparation goes well and that the new year will be three times better than this season," Tsitsipas said. Tsitsipas retired his Paris opener after just a couple of games played.
Tsitsipas appeared at the ATP Finals but he pulled out of the event after just one match played. "In Paris the pain was unbearable so I had to quit from that game, I've never retired in a match - it was very painful for me to let the crowd down and not play that match," Tsitsipas explained at the ATP Finals.
"But, I had to, it was for my safety, my well-being, and I don't regret doing that." Tsitsipas will be aiming to lift his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.