“He doesn’t have the data and research to evaluate the necessity for vaccinations,” authorities spokesman Giannis Oikonomou was quoted as saying in Greek press studies.
“Stefanos Tsitsipas is a superb athlete, his abilities in sports activities and his contribution to sports activities within the nation is unquestionable.
“What’s at stake, nevertheless, is his potential to evaluate the necessity for vaccinations or whether or not the vaccine has been examined for a adequate time period. And … he has neither the data nor the research nor the analysis work that may enable him to type an opinion about it.”
“I’m not in opposition to vaccines, however I do not see any cause for somebody of my age to do it – it hasn’t been examined sufficient and it has uncomfortable side effects – so long as it isn’t obligatory, everybody can resolve for themselves,” he advised Greek press on the match on Wednesday.
Oikonomou inspired folks to as an alternative hearken to well being coverage specialists and stated Tsitsipas and different celebrities needs to be cautious with their phrases given their large platforms.
“Those that via their glorious efficiency in different places are additionally a degree of reference for wider social teams, it could be good to be doubly cautious in expressing such views,” he stated.
The Covid-19 vaccine has divided opinion inside tennis.
World primary Novak Djokovic stated in April he hoped the Covid-19 vaccine wouldn’t change into obligatory for gamers to compete and has declined to reply questions concerning his personal vaccination standing.
Nonetheless, fellow 20-time grand slam winners Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal really feel athletes have to play their half to get life again to some type of normality.