“Felt Very Dark”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up on Struggles in Tennis Bubbles amidst 2020 season

Published 11/20/2020, 12:59 AM EST
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Toby Melville


2020 has certainly etched its place as an unforgettable year in world history. For tennis, the pandemic-ridden season has been hands down the toughest of all. From playing in empty courts to staying under two-week strict quarantine before every tournament, many players suffered a dip in performance. Recently, the Greek professional Stefanos Tsitsipas opened up about his journey through isolation and bubbles.

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“To me, it felt very dark. I’m not a person who sees that dark side of things, but this whole thing was very difficult to handle,” said World No. 6, Tsitsipas. Unable to defend his title in London, Stefanos lost to Rafael Nadal in the Group Stage of the ATP Finals.

“Happy that I didn’t break down”: Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 19, 2020, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Toby Melville

It must be exhausting to maintain control when your entire routine is spiralled out. As a result, few players are opting out of the next season, presuming the situation remains the same. But, most of them, such as Tsitsipas, are making the most of the given situation.

Tsitsipas said, “To be honest with you, and I’m very happy that I didn’t break down, and I’m sure if you ask other players, they are going to respond the same way.”

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Being an accomplished player, it becomes a duty to provide the best of oneself on the court. Additionally, the organisers are continuously enduring in an alarming stage, trying to keep the show running without the fans. Despite the burden, Tsitsipas focuses at the dawn that is rising.

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his group stage match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“Looking at the bright side of it”: Tsitsipas

The final tournament of 2020 is unfortunately over for the highest-ranked Greek professional. Although he couldn’t win, Tsitsipas delivered strong back-to-back performances and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

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Marseille champion 🏆
2 ATP500 finals
Maiden Roland-Garros semi-final

See you in 2021, @StefTsitsipas! 👋 pic.twitter.com/adhObN0T6z

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) November 19, 2020

“I will try and forget the negatives, because who needs negativity in this world? Just looking at the bright side of it. Trying to get to the end of the tunnel and see something better in the near future,” said Stefanos.

Along with the 22-year-old Greek player, we are also reaching at the end of the 2020 tunnel. The only tennis left is a tournament that Tsitsipas conquered last year. Who do you think will take Stefanos’s place as the ATP Finals winner?

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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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