“Did Not Act Well”: Filip Krajinovic Reveals Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Unsportsmanlike Gestures During Hamburg Open Battle

Published 07/16/2021, 11:45 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 16, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his quarter final match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller


After reaching the peak in the clay-court season, Stefanos Tsitsipas has dropped considerably following his French Open 2021 finals loss. Recently, he saw an upset in the Hamburg Open quarterfinals against Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 1-6, 3-6. However, more than his loss, it is his on-court behavior that is making news.

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It comes as no surprise as Tsitsipas has had a history of outbursts on the court. But this time, his opponent has put his actions in question and asked for an apology. On the brighter side, Krajinovic registered his best ranking-wise win over a World No.4.

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Filip Krajinovic not happy with Stefanos Tsitsipas’ behavior in their Hamburg QF

22-year-old Tsitsipas resumed well in Hamburg after Wimbledon opening-round disappointment. Moreover, he even took the opening set against Krajinovic dominantly in their battle for a semifinal spot. Afterwards, the Greek professional completely spiraled out.

From 5-0 in the first set to closing it 6-3, Tsitsipas lost the second set 1-6. Clearly, he had gotten derailed from his rhythm. As a result, the reigning Monte-Carlo champion took a 10-minute long bathroom break, naturally upsetting his opponent.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 16, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

Furthermore, Krajinovic also revealed that Tsitsipas had been talking in between games, trying to cause distraction. Certainly, this is unlike the conduct of great tennis players. Hence, the Serbian hopes to receive an apology.

“Tsitsipas did not act well today on the court. He was speaking between points; he took a ten-minute toilet break. I hope he apologizes,” Krajinovic said after the match.

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Inarguably, tennis can sometimes put more than adjustable pressure on the body and mind. And more often than not, players tend to hit it off. Hopefully, Tsitsipas will look into the matter and do the needful.

What is next for Tsitsipas?

The highest-ranked Greek professional will represent his country at Tokyo Olympics 2020 from July 24th, 2021. Given his quarterfinal exit, he will have more time to recover and regroup before trying for his maiden medal.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 16, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

Undoubtedly, Tsitsipas is one of the most promising next-generation players in tennis currently. Also, he has an insatiable drive, trying to win the big titles instead of settling for less. It is only a matter of time that expectations from him would turn into reality.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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