Greek 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is definitely one of the favorites this year to win the 2022 Australian Open. He reached the semifinals of the tournament last year and has a good draw to at least repeat that this year too.
He has looked comfortable all week and his elbow issues too seem to have settled down for the time being. After a couple of solid victories early on, he got the better of Frenchman Benoit Paire in the third round. He defeated Paire in four tricky sets 6-3,7-5,6-7(2),6-4 to make it to the Round of 16 once again.
Tsitsipas will now face 20th seed American Taylor Fritz in the Round of 16 on Monday. Fritz too is in amazing form and is coming off a thrilling 5-set victory over 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Although the Greek will start favorite in the match, he will be wary of Fritz’s giant killing abilities.
Tsitsipas receives a code violation for illegal coaching
During his match against Paire, Tsitsipas got a warning from the chair umpire Marijana Veljovic for allegedly getting coaching from his father and coach Apostolos Tsitsipas. The Greek was in utter shock and smiled at the umpire in disbelief.
“Code violation – coaching warning, Mr Tsitsipas,” the chair umpire said. “I have to give you a warning for coaching because I have told you before! I am going to consider it coaching. I did tell you that. After the first set, remember?” she added.
Tsitsipas just smiled at the decision and didn’t involve in an argument with her as it was just a warning. She eventually held his serve in that game and won the set.
Later in the press conference, Tsitsipas said that he was laughing because his coach’s box was very far away from where he was on the court.
“I have no idea. I was laughing because it was funny because of the position of the court I was at and I was very far away from my coach and with my back facing the other way. So I was just laughing because I don’t know where it came from. It was completely unexpected,” he said.