Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas reflected on the infamous incident with his father at the ATP Cup. After having a tough day against Nick Kyrgios, Tsitsipas was unable to keep his emotions in control and went on to hit his father with his racquet.
With a lot of water under the bridge, Tsitsipas took the opportunity to reflect on the unique nature of their relationship.
What Did Stefanos Tsitsipas Say?
Tsitsipas was in a light-hearted mood while discussing the unfortunate incident. He revealed whether we will see a calmer side of him at the Australian Open:
“Well, now I don’t have anyone to hit (laughs). To all those who view it in a negative way I have to say that this father-son relationship is very difficult and I would like to see them play such a high level of tennis and work with their father to be business partners.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas was clear about the fact that the dynamic of having his own father as his coach is not an easy deal.
“It’s not very easy and there are always tensions between the two. One created the scene with the racquet. It was the first time I had my father on the bench and, while he is a very good coach, he sometimes causes me a lot of stress. For this reason, I was relieved but as I said, I did not want to hit him. It just came out the way it did.”
What’s Next For Tsitsipas?
After gaining an easy straight-set victory in the first round, Tsitsipas received a walkover against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
He faces his biggest challenge yet in the third round against the 32 seed Milos Raonic. Despite being amidst injuries in the recent past, Raonic cannot be counted out.
Tsitsipas will make sure that he fires on all guns in the next round.
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