Greek government unhappy with Tsitsipas doping remarks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tsitsipas said players have “got no control on the dangers” of the flu

The Greek government has expressed disapproval of remarks made by tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas, 20, said other players have sought permission to take a pre-season flu shot for the Athens Open.

Tsitsipas, who won the Stan Wawrinka-Martin Klizan ATP event in Munich last week, said the theory he was given permission was that he would be over-cooked by the shot.

“There is no truth to this,” Greek minister Christos Passerini said on Saturday.

“As soon as you get the flu shot you’re overcooked and I can’t see where they were thinking that.”

Leaving T-shirts inside homes for radiation dosages @eva_eshaid and @MellyKyanbakso — Greek MP Christos Passerini (@geospasserini) September 8, 2017

Tsitsipas later said he had been misquoted in an interview, but passed on the suggestions of his coach Selky Ekramy and doctor Kazoupartaking consent as having told him.

Play in qualifying for the ATP and WTA Tour finals begins at the end of the month in London.

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