'Good for the planet': Tennis star calls for yearly lockdown

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
Stefanos Tsitsipas says a yearly lockdown would be good for the environment. (Getty Images)

World No.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas has found self-isolation a time to reflect during the coronavirus pandemic and has even called for a yearly lockdown to help the environment.

Tsitsipas enjoyed a great 2019 and says he is training daily during the coronavirus crisis after the global crisis brought a swift halt to the 2020 ATP season.

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While the French Open was suspended and pushed back to September, Wimbledon was cancelled and the tour put it serious doubt for the remainder of the year.

However, Tsitsipas has found time to reflect during self-isolation and has looked at how the lockdown may have had a positive impact on the environment.

"I actually think they should put us in lockdown once a year - it's good for nature, it's good for our planet," he told ‘At Home with Babsi’ on Eurosport Instagram Live.

"I think it will be environmentally very beneficial. Life is such a hustle, and you never get the time to spend with your family and connect with them.

"Now it's an opportunity to do so. It takes me back to when I was a young kid and I didn’t travel so much then."

With international and domestic travel restricted around the world, the carbon footprint from transport has significantly reduced.

Reports suggest carbon emissions fell 25 per cent in China at the beginning of the year as people were instructed to stay at home.

While, nitrogen dioxide emissions faded over Italy, Spain and the UK during lockdown.

Despite the short-term drop, scientists are still unsure how lasting the short-term dip will be.

Tsitsipas hits back at Kyrgios sledge

Nick Kyrgios was in hot form after admitting to drinking a few glasses of wine - during an Instagram Live with Andy Murray - on the weekend and couldn’t help but take a dig at Team Europe when asked why he loved playing team events so much.

But Tsitsipas hit back at this sledge and labelled the Laver Cup his favourite tournament, contradicting Kyrgios’ claims.

The World No.6 said the chance to learn and play doubles with the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was always “very emotional.”

“My favourite tournament is the Laver Cup. I love the vibes at the Laver Cup, we were all so connected, we came into the tournament as a union, trying to represent our continent and it just felt magical to be on the same team as Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal],” he said on Eurosport.