It was the majors that escaped Tsitsipas. At 24, he was once ranked No. 3 in the world and currently sits at No. 5. He is competing in the Rolex Paris Masters after winning two titles this year, in Mallorca and Monte Carlo, Monaco. He was also a runner-up in five other tournaments.
While Tsitsipas reached the final of the 2021 French Open, losing to Djokovic, and reached four major semi-finals, including at this year’s Australian Open, he often faltered when it counted. more. At the US Open in August, he was upset in the first round by 94th-ranked Daniel Elahi Galan, a match in which he lost the first two sets 6-0, 6-1.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played so badly in my career,” Tsitsipas said. “And I know what happened.”
The problem at the Open, Tsitsipas said, was his decision to experiment with new racquets, racquet head weight, strings and string tension. The reason was an elbow injury late last year which forced him to retire in the first round of the Paris Masters, retire mid-tournament in the ATP Finals and then undergo surgery. after the season. Since then he has been trying to find the right combination of equipment that will improve his game but not hurt his arm.
“It was difficult to come back from the operation and there were a lot of doubts at the time,” said Tsitsipas. “There are certain decisions and certain actions that I have to take to avoid finding myself in this state again. But I shouldn’t have so many experiments going on. It took away a lot of my confidence. »
Tsitsipas is fully aware that he is one of the best players to never win a major tournament.
“I know where my tennis is capable of reaching and what zone I can be in,” he said. “I guess I will learn from all the mistakes. It was something that I didn’t want to reproduce because it was a psychological pain. These are opportunities that I must seize. »
Introspection is important for the personality of Tsitsipas. Asked about his favorite philosopher and his favorite quote, Tsitsipas did not hesitate.
“I like the Socrates one,” he said. “‘I only know one thing: that I know nothing.'”
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