‘I’ve Been a Victim’: Stefanos Tsitsipas Is Tired of Being Made a Scapegoat of Coaching Violations

Published 01/28/2022, 9:09 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 26, 2022 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was one of the contenders to go deep in the Australian Open 2022. He played impressively during the past fortnight but fell short to Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal, similar to his run in the previous season. 

However, Tsitsipas’ has earned quite an unfortunate reputation when it comes to on-court coaching. The World No. 4 often lands in controversy because of advice from his father and coach, Apostolos Tsitsipas, and the same happened today against Medvedev.  

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Officials turned the heat on Stefanos Tsitsipas and his camp 

Stefanos was warned by the chair umpire about the recurring problem. There came a point when the tournament referee went and sat close to the Tsitsipas box, along with another official who understands Greek. 

Post his exit from the Australian Open 2022, Stefanos reflected on this topic. He stated, “I’m used to it. They’ve been targeting me already a long time. I’ve gotten a few in the past & umpires r always paying attention to my box, never paying attention to the opponent’s box. I’ve been a victim of that for a long time.”

In the past too, players have been annoyed and have complained about Stefanos receiving inputs from his father Apostolos Tsitsipas. There have also been complaints of the Greek star taking bathroom breaks which are longer than usual. 

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Rafa and Daniil will give it their all in the final on Sunday 

Well, now that the Australian Open is over for Stefanos, it has come down to the final two players, Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal. The men’s final will be held on Sunday. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2022. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his second round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

It will be interesting to see if Rafa becomes the first player to win 21 Majors or if Daniil can claim back-to-back Grand Slam titles. We wish both players the best of luck for the final and the rest of the season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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