Stefanos Tsitsipas Reflects on the Obstacles Faced in the Previous Season Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 01/13/2021, 8:10 AM EST
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Toby Melville


Former World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas has been tipped to do wonders in the men’s game. Since he first got himself noticed, he’s been impressive on the ATP circuit. The Greek is an aggressive baseliner known for his ability to generate gruesome groundstrokes. He also happens to be one of the few modern-day players who use the single-handed backhand. 

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In the previous season, Stefanos didn’t perform up to his usual standards, at least not in the beginning, having reached only the third round at the Australian Open. Thereafter, he made it to the third round at the US Open too. However, Tsitsipas reached the semi-final at Roland Garros, which was his best-ever performance at the event.

2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Two. Andrey Rublev of Russia is congratulated by Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece after his victory in the Men’s Singles Round One match on Louis Armstrong Stadium at the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Speaking of the previous season, the entire world was brought to a standstill with the issuance of the lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects proved costly to mankind. Authorities were left with no option, but to halt the tennis season midway.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: Read Books and Tried Finding a New Routine

Recently, while speaking to Stefanos Tsitsipas, he gave his opinion on the ills of the last year. He stated, “The season was very strange, tennis had never had such a long break. Obviously, I trained, then read a lot of books and tried to find a new routine. I tried to learn French and broaden my horizons. Now I hope that tennis can get back to normal rhythms.”

Coming back to the Greek international and his extraordinary achievements over the years, he is expected to do great things at the Majors. In the manner in which he is performing with each passing season, it’s just a matter of time before he claims one. 

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There have been certain results which are surely encouraging. His win against Roger Federer at the 2019 Australian Open gave emphasis to that aspect. Later that year, he became one of the youngest players to win the ATP Masters Finals. The 2021 season will be interesting to see how Stefanos Tsitsipas fairs.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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