Stefanos Tsitsipas: ‘I have grown up this year and faced pain on and off the court’

Stefanos Tsitsipas says he has ‘grown up’ since he won last year’s ATP Finals as he prepares for Vienna.

Tsitsipas is part of a stellar line-up in Vienna as he works towards defending the ATP Tour title he won in London last season.

He, though, believes he will head to the O2 a better player – and person – than he did last year.

“A lot of things have changed [since the ATP Finals],” Tsitsipas said ahead of his first match in the Austrian capital.

“I think I’ve grown up and faced pain on and off the court. So there were a lot of lessons to be taken and I had a lot of matches since that time but not as many as I hoped to have due to COVID.

“Right now, I’m not thinking about the [upcoming] ATP Finals. I’m focusing [on] this week and then next week in Bercy.

“I feel like these are tournaments that I can do better [at] this year and have a better version of Stefanos on the court, so I’m glad that I’m here.

“I’m glad that we get to play these tournaments given the current state of the world.”

Tsitsipas initially struggled coming out of the enforced coronavirus break, losing at the US Open to Borna Coric before struggling badly in Rome.

He has since found some exciting form, though, reaching the final in Hamburg and the semi-finals of the French Open. He, though, says his struggles were down to experimentation.

“It was a period where I was trying and testing new things,” he explained.

“I just happened to try these new things during the US Open swing and Rome.

“Then I went back to my old ways and I started feeling more comfortable and confident on the court after that.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘Novak Djokovic finds a way to win, he refuses to lose,’ says Martina Navratilova

Novak Djokovic is 'a wall', according to tennis legend Martina Navratilova ahead of his Rome Masters final against Rafael Nadal.The world number one hasn't...

Novak Djokovic on Rafael Nadal final: ‘It’s great to play my biggest rival of all time again’

Novak Djokovic will face his 'biggest rival of all time' Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters on Sunday in what will...

Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Rome final: ‘I will need to play my best tennis’

Rafael Nadal once again proved his clay court mastery as he eased past Reilly Opelka and into the final of the Rome Masters.Many were...

‘I’ll give it my all!’ – Novak Djokovic says he will be ready for Rafael Nadal showdown

Novak Djokovic has pledged to 'give his all' when he comes up against old foe Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters...

Andy Murray bad luck continues as he misses French Open due to continued ‘discomfort’

Andy Murray will skip the French Open and warm-up tournaments, and go straight to prepare for grass court season instead, it has been reported.Murray...

‘Serena has little chance at Roland Garros, but a very good chance at Wimbledon,’ says Navratilova

Serena Williams has 'very little chance' of winning Roland Garros and she knows it, says Martina Navratilova, but Wimbledon will be different.Williams suffered an...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here