Tsitsipas apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ remarks criticizing moms of Olympic athletes

GREECE — The Greek government on Monday criticized British and Greek-born 17-year-old tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas for comments he made in a newspaper interview that were aimed at mothers, but which were later deleted….

Tsitsipas apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ remarks criticizing moms of Olympic athletes

GREECE — The Greek government on Monday criticized British and Greek-born 17-year-old tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas for comments he made in a newspaper interview that were aimed at mothers, but which were later deleted.

The tennis player said he “doesn’t believe in vaccines,” and that “I believe you shouldn’t have children until they are old enough to make their own decisions.”

“I don’t believe in my mother raising me,” he was quoted as saying. “To raise a child is not something it’s easy. It’s not something it is free from accidents.”

Athens government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told the private Skai TV that Tsitsipas’ comments, as reported in Monday’s issue of the British newspaper “Times of Malta,” were “impertinent.”

“I find it incredible that parents would consider an illegal drug as good as medicine,” Tzanakopoulos said. “This is nonsense, and they should be made to understand that the Greek government is not ready to welcome crazy ideas.”

Tsitsipas, a second-round opponent of Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona Open, apologized for the interview comments on Facebook.

“I have always respected parents who choose to put their child through medical education. I have respect for all parents,” Tsitsipas wrote. “Of course, I can’t condone these decisions, but I am responsible for my decisions.

“I apologize for the controversy. I said things that I don’t mean. I never meant to hurt anyone and everyone in my family or my team, I understand, as we have not made any comments. My apologies. I will learn from this experience.”

Tzanakopoulos said Tsitsipas “is currently not a Greek citizen.”

The 2017 Wimbledon winner, Andy Murray, was asked about Tsitsipas’ comments after his 10-6 win over Marco Cecchinato in the Dubai Championships on Monday.

“It’s really, really important for parents to have good access to healthcare,” Murray said. “That is the most important thing in life, so it’s great for kids to be healthy, that’s what I do. I take tablets to take vitamins, I think that’s what you need to do.”

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