Stefanos Tsitsipas Wishes to Ban Rafael Nadal from French Open

Published 01/11/2021, 12:57 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND -: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece embrace at the net after their singles match during Day Six of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)


No player has purely dominated a single court the way Spain’s Rafael Nadal has on a clay court. Recently, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas had a funny take on the ‘King of Clay’ on Twitter.

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Rafa has in his bag 13 French Open titles, which is a record number at a single major tournament. Other than that, he has 11 Monte-Carlo Masters, 11 Barcelona Open, and 9 Rome Masters on a clay court. All of those are also the highest number of titles in a tournament in the Open Era.

While fans want more and more from the Spaniard, he has become a nightmare for all his opponents. So when a fan asked Tsitsipas one thing he’d like to ban forever, the Greek player knew exactly what he wanted.

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Tsitsipas wants to ban Rafael Nadal from playing the French Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the men’s singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 22-year-old from Greece has faced Rafa three times on a clay court, but never at Roland-Garros. Of the three times, Tsitsipas has defeated the World No. 2 Spaniard once in the 2019 Madrid Open semifinal.

However, the tennis world is well-aware of Nadal’s indisputable ability on the red surface. Despite being 34, he has been defending his France title for the last four years.

The highest-ranked Greek player who is one of the contenders for winning a Slam knows his biggest threat in Paris. So when Tsitsipas was asked what was the one thing he would like to ban, he promptly said, “Rafa playing at the French.”

Previously, World No. 4 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev had trolled himself in a similar context. In a video that showed Nadal winning the French Open 2050, the 24-year-old hoped for a single win then.

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Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet at the ATP Cup 2021

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Rafael Nadal of Spain looks dejected during his semi-final singles match against Alex de Minaur of Australia on day nine of the 2020 ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Spanish-Greek pair had last met at the ATP Finals in London. Nadal surpassed the defending champion of the tournament in the round-robin stage.

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They will likely meet for the first time in 2021 at the ATP Cup in Melbourne Park. As play for their countries there, their battle is expected to raise a bar this year.

While Team Spain is the defending finalist, Team Greece failed to register a single win last year. What’s interesting is that Nadal and Tsitsipas both are known to fight until their last breath.

Fans are gearing up for the blockbuster start of the Australian Open. It will definitely be a show if they meet up as singles’ there.

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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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