‘I Respect It’: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up on Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open 2022 Scenario

Published 12/26/2021, 11:49 PM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been grabbing all the headlines lately. After announcing that he would not be competing in the ATP Cup 2022, there has been a lot of speculation if he would be visiting Melbourne to defend his title.

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Recently, Djokovic received some support from a fellow tennis player and World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek player felt that each individual has a freedom of choice to live according to their terms. 

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Like everyone Novak Djokovic has the freedom

While speaking on this subject, the 2021 French Open finalist stated, “It is his choice, I respect it. Everyone has the freedom to decide. The vaccine question is completely free. I will go to Australia.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Novak will not be traveling with the Serbian squad to help his team win the title for the second time. Instead, he was seen playing tennis on the streets of Belgrade yesterday. 

Due to the 20-time Grand Slam winner declining to compete in the ATP Cup, there could be a possibility that he would do the same for the first Major of the new season. It will be interesting to see how things shape up in the coming days.

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Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses as he celebrates with the trophy for his 2021 world number one ranking after winning his group stage match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Coming to tennis, Djokovic won the first three Grand Slam titles of the season. Sadly, he went down the World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open.

Moving on to Tsitsipas, he performed brilliantly this season. After securing his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo, he went on to reach the finals of the French Open. Sadly, he lost to Djokovic who came back from losing the first couple of sets. 

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Nonetheless, now the focus is on the new season. Fans can expect to hear some updates with regard to the participation of players as we come close to the first Grand Slam event of the season. We wish all players the best of luck.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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