‘Tennis has been a very dark and lonely place this year,’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas says he has found tennis a very ‘dark and lonely place’ since the tour restarted following the enforced coronavirus break earlier in the year.

Tsitsipas lost out at the ATP Finals to Rafael Nadal this week, bringing his 2020 season to a close.

He though, opened up on what life has been like on Tour for the players who have had to move from bubble to bubble across the world, and he paints a grim picture.

“To me, it felt very dark. I’m not a person who sees that dark side of things, but this whole thing was very difficult to handle, to be honest with you,” Tsitsipas admitted.

“I’m very happy that I didn’t break down, and I’m sure if you ask other players, they are going to respond the same way.

“It gets tiring after a while. Think of yourself sitting in a hotel room waiting for your match all day long, not having the ability to go anywhere.

“Of course they try to entertain you with some things they put in the players lobby or the players’ lounge.

“But people need space. It’s difficult to be in your hotel, room service all day long.”

Tsitsipas said that even modern technology has not sufficiently filled the void, although he says he has still be grateful for it.

“Technology obviously helps us connect easier than ever. We all know that.

“I think I’m grateful that I’m able to be with the people that I love every single day by giving them a call or FaceTiming them.

“I will try and forget the negatives, because who needs negativity in this world? Just looking at the bright side of it. Trying to get to the end of the tunnel and see something better in the near future.

“It’s a different world, I would describe it. Very lonely.”

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