“Won’t Be As Good as Acapulco” – Stefanos Tsitsipas Not Thrilled With Heading to Miami Open 2021

Published 03/21/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas during his semi final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Kelly Defina


World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas lost the final of the Mexico Open 2021 to German tennis player Alexander Zverev today. It was a gruesome match, one which truly entertained the fans in Acapulco. It was his first final of the season, and even though he lost, the Greek player has plenty of positives to carry forward into the season. 

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After the Mexico Open 2021, Tsitsipas will move towards Miami, for the first Masters 1000 event of the season. However, the Greek player expressed his displeasure towards this year’s Miami Open, stating that he finds it different compared to the previous editions. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Stefanos Tsitsipas has low expectations from the Miami Open 2021

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The 22-year-old player stated, “Honestly, I like Miami as a tournament, but I feel, I won’t hide anything from you, I feel it won’t be as good as the previous years, and I feel it won’t be as good as Acapulco this week. I find it very difficult to believe.

“So, I go there with low expectations, not expecting much from the tournament itself.”

Tsitsipas was also let down because spectators will not be allowed to watch the matches. There is speculation that players will need to live in a bubble, and that news has not gone down well with most of the players.

Playing without fans will be different

The Greek athlete further added, “It has other restrictions and it will operate entirely on its own and with a different system … I like playing there but without fans, it’s going to be really different and some other things that will be happening, as well, that I heard, I guess that also explains the absence of players.

“I don’t want to say more and comment more on that, but in a way, I’m not surprised.”

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Stefanos began his season at the Australian Open this year. He played a sensational match against Rafael Nadal. In that match, he clawed back to win the match after being two sets down. His journey ended in the semifinal when he lost to Daniil Medvedev. It’ll be interesting to see how the Greek player performs next week in Miami. 

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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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