The Greek professional tennis player, Stefanos Tsitsipas made a statement a few days back that he won’t take the COVID-19 vaccine unless it is made mandatory in the Tennis game. This statement of Tsitsipas has left the Greek government in anger. The Greek government wants that everyone should take the vaccine, there will not be any compensation given to the Tennis player.
However, number 3 in the World ATP rankings, Tsitsipas hasn’t refused to take the vaccine, he only told that he is going to take the vaccine only when it is made mandatory to take that to compete in the tennis game.
“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,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said to AP in a press conference where he was competing in Cincinnati this week.
However, the statement from Tsitsipas is not appreciated by the Greek government. The government spokesperson Giannis Economou during a press briefing said that anyone should be doubly careful while making such statements in the media.
“He has neither the knowledge, nor the studies, nor the research work, that would allow him to form an opinion about it. I would say that those who, through their excellent presence and performance in other areas, are also a point of reference for wider social groups, should be doubly careful in expressing such views,” government spokesman Giannis Economou said in a press briefing on Thursday.