‘Wouldn’t Put All of the Blame to the Equipment’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas Highlights the Reasons for His Shock Defeat Against Holger Rune at French Open 2022

Published 05/31/2022, 12:13 AM EDT

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There was a major upset yesterday at the French Open 2022. Last year’s finalist, Stefanos Tsitsipas exited the tournament after losing to Danish youngster, Holger Rune. It was a disappointing loss for the Greece national, who was expected to make it to latter stages of the tournament after having been handed a comparatively easy draw.

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Nonetheless, it was Rune’s biggest win of his nascent career. He became only the second player from Denmark after Caroline Wozniacki to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open in singles. After the match, Tsitsipas gave details of what went wrong for him.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas on his defeat against Holger Rune

During the post-match press conference after his fourth-round defeat, Tsitsipas highlighted the reasons for his disappointing performance. He said, “Physically perfect, fine, absolutely okay. Waking up couldn’t be better. I was struggling a lot the last couple of days in terms of finding my rhythm.”

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Further, he added, “I was very nervous on the court, being frustrated a lot and I knew I was this way but I couldn’t stop being like this especially when you feel like you know there have been a few changes in terms of equipment and stuff like that and but I wouldn’t attribute that to the equipment. I wouldn’t put all of the blame to the equipment because it’s something that I chose for my personal progress and getting better.”

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Subsequently, one of the interviewers asked him about the reason for the equipment change. Replying to this question, Tsitsipas said, “I prefer not to talk about it, please. I don’t want to answer that, thank you.”

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Rune’s journey ahead at the French Open 2022

The 19-year-old will be confident after producing his best result at a Grand Slam tournament. He will next face Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Further, if he manages to overcome Ruud, he will face the winner of the match between Andrey Rublev and Marin Cilic.

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Can Rune continue his giant-killing run at the French Open 2022? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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