Stefanos Tsitsipas has explained his relationship with his father after admitting he felt ‘uncomfortable in Rome without him in the stands.
Apostolos Tsitsipas is a regular sight at the Greek star’s matches, but he was unable to travel with his son for the recent Rome Masters.
Tsitsipas failed to perform, crashing to a first round defeat to Jannik Sinner, before reaching the final of Hamburg with Apostolos back by his side.
“It was difficult not having my dad in Rome,” Stefanos Tsitsipas told reporters at the French Open, where he won his opening match.
“Honestly, I was struggling a little bit. It was difficult, the separation, and not having him there.
“I think it was the first time that my dad was absent from a match that I played since I was 12 or 13 when I first started traveling and playing.
“So it was quite unusual. For sure I didn’t feel comfortable. Although I did have my coaches from the academy and my entire team, except for my dad.
“I felt like there was something missing, and I think that’s very valuable for a player to feel comfortable, having the right people around him.
“I think I appreciate it and cherish that even more when I have my dad next to me and the fact he’s like my wing man, my right arm, helps me with everything and makes me feel important when I’m out on the court and in my daily life.”
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