Stefanos Tsitsipas Shows Subtle Changes to His Game Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 01/10/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 17, 2020 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his group stage match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


Stefanos Tsitsipas is sweating it out in his pre-season training block and a fan handle on Twitter has shared a series of clips showing the long-haired Greek going through the paces and getting into the groove ahead of what will be a fiercely competitive and unforgiving men’s Tour.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas has modified his landing after service to reduce stress on his legs

The sequence of footage also bears evidence of how the Green tennis star has worked on the finer nuances of his game. He has brought certain technical adjustments to his tennis to reduce stress on his body and be even more effective and deadly on the court.

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Tsitsipas suffered a leg injury during the season-ending ATP Finals event last year and checked into a London physiotherapy clinic for recovery and rehabilitation.

And, in perhaps, a conscious effort to reduce stress on his limbs, the Greek has worked on effecting a softer landing on his feet after delivering a serve. 

From the evidence of the slight change in his service action now, he is clearly going through the body mechanics a lot more smoothly and is not falling on his left side as he did earlier.

Tsitsipas does casual warm-up ala Roger Federer

Another clip shows the World Number 6 doing a casual warm-up drill. He looks in no apparent discomfort in the way he moves into a trigger point to unleash his trademark forehands. It should leave his fans in no doubt that his limbs are fine fettle ahead of the new season.

A casual warm-up has also been a familiar training routine for Roger Federer, and one could call it a snatch out of the Swiss star’s manual.

A third clip shows Tsitsipas practicing his volleys. While players are wary not to give too much away tactically during training blocks, the Greek star could look to attack the net a lot more in the new season and close out games quicker in a bid to give himself more time to recover.

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Tsitsipas perfecting a new art ahead of 2021 season

The next clip shows the 2019 ATP Finals champion trying to slide into position for his groundstrokes. It’s an art that he has still not perfected, but one could see a lot more of it in the upcoming season if the evidence of the footage is anything to go by.

Another shows the Greek star practicing his groundstrokes wearing a cap with the initials ‘ST’. Is he going the Federer way again? One wonders.

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The final clip on the Twitter thread shows his younger brother, Petros Tsitsipas, also a professional tennis player who achieved a career-high singles ranking of 960 on January 4, doing some practicing of his own on a hard court.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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