“Problem Has Gotten Bigger”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Announces Reason Behind Rolex Paris Masters 2021 Setback

Published 11/03/2021, 12:26 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece sustains an injury during his third round match against Ugo Humbert of France REUTERS/Edgar Su


The struggles of Stefanos Tsitsipas on the ATP tour continues as the Greek player was forced to retire from his opening round matchup against the Australian Alexei Popyrin at the on-going Paris Masters 2021.

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After being a break down, Tsitsipas announced his decision to retire from the match. Popyrin was a break up in the first set before the Greek player decided to give a walkover. Ever since reaching the finals at French Open, the Greek star has been struggling to find top-notch form once again on-tour.

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Post-match, Tsitsipas explained the reason for his decision without revealing too many details over his injury.

I had to do it, I am trying to be precautious for Turin. I felt pain, I don’t want it to get worse. The problem has gotten bigger in the last few weeks”, explained the Greek.

Not that Tsitsipas played bad tennis since Roland Garros, it’s just that the opponents found a way to break his game on multiple occasions. Also, there has been a lot of talk over his prolonged bathroom breaks as evident at the US Open.

Right from Andy Murray, players have had their share of opinions regarding the Greek’s extended break time. After getting stunned by Carlos Alcaraz in the US Open, Tsitsipas managed to reach the quarters at Indian Wells, where Basilashvili registered one of the top victories of his career.

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) hits a shot against Fabio Fognini (ITA) during a third round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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At the recently concluded Vienna Open, Tsitsipas was overpowered by the in-form player, Frances Tiafoe. The American went on to have one of his best-ever runs in a tournament by reaching the finals, where he lost to Alexander Zverev.

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With this debacle at the Paris Masters, Stefanos Tsitsipas has some time to get himself ready for the year-end championships to be held in Turin, Italy.

The likes of Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic will be fighting against each other for the no.1 spot, Tsitsipas definitely has the game to produce huge upsets the World Tour Finals and end the year on a high.

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns a ball to Ugo Humbert of France (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

At the moment, more details are awaited regarding the intensity of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ injury and whether it will have any impact on his chances at the ATP World Tour Finals.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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