“I have completely forgotten about my Roland Garros final,” Stefanos Tsitsipas states he is not satisfied being a runner-up

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas talks about his performances on the tour so far and his playing style, ahead of his first round at the Rotterdam Open.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas will begin his quest to win his first title of the year as he returns to action at the ATP Rotterdam Open next week. The top seed is the favorite to win the tournament, following the withdrawal of World No.2 Daniil Medvedev.

The Greek began his campaign this season on a poor note. He lost his ATP Cup tie against Diego Schwartzmann before receiving a walkover in the next match. But he shrugged his poor start with a brilliant performance at the Australian Open. After struggling in the opening rounds, Tsitsipas put on a stellar display to knock out Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals, but then lost to bitter rival Daniil Medvedev in the controversial semi-final match, in which he was handed a code violation for receiving coaching advice mid-match. Nevertheless, it was a successful run for the 23-year-old, who was struggling with injuries and poor form at the end of last year.

Tsitsipas spoke about his chances at the upcoming Rotterdam Open and his performance so far in a press conference ahead of his first-round match.

“I can play on all surfaces” Stefanos Tsitsipas claims he is capable of doing better

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas claimed his runner-up finish at the French Open is long behind him and said he isn’t satisfied with a runner-up place and stated his desire to win titles. The World No.4 who is known for his prowess on clay courts, also insisted that he can play on all surfaces.

I have completely forgotten about my Roland Garros final. Is a good achievement but I don’t want to be the guy that holds a runner-up trophy. I wanna be more than that. I think I’m able to play on all surfaces. I don’t want the one that can play good only on one surface. I’m capable of playing equally well on all of them and produce points on all surfaces ATP offers during the season,” he said.

He was also quizzed about his perspective of the future of tennis, to which he replied saying eight people might compete for Grand Slams and the sport is getting rebranded and moving on from only a few players winning Grand Slams, which has been the norm for nearly a decade.

How do I see the future of tennis? I didn’t know I am a prophet (laughs). I see the future of tennis having a top 6 or a top 8. Top eight guys competing for Grand Slams titles. I see a lot of hype and evolutions in sense of concept and rebrand of our sport,” he added.

The top seed will begin his campaign at the Rotterdam Open with his opening round match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Monday.

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