‘It explains the absence of top players’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas critical of Miami Open organisers

Stefanos Tsitsipas says he has ‘low expectations’ for the Miami Open from a playing experience point of view.

The Greek ace lost the Acapulco final to Alexander Zverev on Saturday, but he generally enjoyed the tournament, particularly given there were fans in the stands.

A spate of top players including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem have decided to withdraw from Miami, and Tsitsipas says he thinks he knows why.

“Honestly, I like Miami as a tournament, but I feel – I won’t hide anything from you – I feel it won’t be as good as the previous years, and I feel it won’t be as good as Acapulco this week.

“I find it very difficult to believe [that it could be].

“So, I go there with low expectations, not expecting much from the tournament itself.”

The Miami Open is expected to have just 750 spectators on site for any given session, but Tsitsipas said there are other things about the event that worries him too, although he has not gone into details.


WATCH: Astonishing moment Alexander Zverev and Dominik Koepfer played through an Acapulco earthquake


“It has other restrictions and it will operate entirely on its own and with a different system,” he explained.

“I like playing there but without fans, it’s going to be really different and some other things that will be happening, as well, that I heard, I guess that also explains the absence of players.

“I don’t want to say more and comment more on that, but in a way, I’m not surprised.”

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