“Have Struggled a Lot With It”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens up on His Mental Struggles

Published 09/16/2021, 1:20 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece looks on after losing a point in the thrid set against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain during his Men’s Singles third round match on Day Five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


The unprecedented circumstances presented by the pandemic across the world, including the world of sports, have shed much-needed light on the importance of mental health. Accordingly, it has become more necessary than ever for governing bodies of sports to be proactive in ensuring that conditions are conducive to athletes’ mental well-being. Interestingly, Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed how he coped with mental struggles during the lockdown.

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Since the complete blowout of coronavirus, the tennis calendar was on hold until August 2020. During that time, Tsitsipas was not in a good state, mentally.

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“This whole pandemic was something that I’ve never imagined, you know, we as like humans to go through. Right now, I am in a better state, mentally, I wasn’t at the beginning of it,” Tsitsipas expressed on the Madhappy podcast.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a shot against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Stefanos Tsitsipas on coping up with mental health struggles

According to the 23-year-old Greek, adaptation is the keyword. Tsitsipas also explained how the human mechanism boosts well-being.

“It’s all about adaptation; that’s how I see it. Once you adapt your conditions, then the human brain and body have this ability to adapt in any circumstance in any way,” Tsitsipas said.

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after a service break in the fourth set against Adrian Mannarino of France on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the Greek professional admitted the struggle during those trying times. Also, he opened up on how the situation is changing for the better.

“I, personally, have struggled a lot with it,” Tsitsipas revealed. “I never imagined it would’ve affected me so much in ways, you know, I didn’t see coming. But right now, I am confident, things are going better, and the situation is looking way better on the ATP Tour.”

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Conclusively, the Greek sensation reflected on the improving situation. 

Tsitsipas said, “Right now, I see the light at the end of the tunnel; things are getting better. It’s so nice to finally see some solution come to life and make our daily life much easier to live with and have better access to different kinds of things that bring happiness and joy.”

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Hopefully, from here on, players will be more cognizant of their own mental well-beings. Also, tournament organisers with the ATP and WTA are working together to enable a healthier atmosphere for players to compete in.

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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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