Stefanos Tsitsipas talks of his mental health following defeat in Australian Open finals to Novak Djokovic
Following his defeat at the Australian Open 2023 at the hands of Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas is back in action in the Davis Cup for Greece's match against Ecuador.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Image Credit: The Sportstar)
Stefanos Tsitsipas came perilously close to winning his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2023.He reached the final of the tournament and became the first Greek player to play in the final of this Grand Slam. He also had the chance to become the first Greek player to win a Grand Slam title, but fate had other ideas.
His moments of triumph and glory were snatched by 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. He claimed his career’s tenth Australian Open title by beating the 24-year-old 6-3, 7(6)-6(4), 7(7)-6(5).
Stefanos Tsitsipas is trying to move on after the heartbreaking loss. He is in Greece to represent his country in the Davis Cup 2023 against Ecuador. However, mediapersons are very interested in knowing his thoughts after coming this close to winning the Australian Open 2023 men’s singles title. He acknowledged that the final match did take a toll on his body, but with his mental strength, he was able to battle the blues of the final and is ready to play.
“No matter how I felt on the court, it was a priority for me to be here. I only had 2 days off after Australia and went straight to training. My body was definitely not at its best, but I managed with thanks to my mental strength to find the balance and to find the rhythm that I had in Australia, which was not easy because there are things I didn’t expect,” he said in his latest interview.
Stefanos Tsitsipas share his experience of playing at the Australian Open 2023
For the first time in his career, Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the final of the Australian Open. He previously played in the final of the French Open in 2021. However, at that time too, Novak Djokovic was able to defeat him despite winning the first two sets. In the same interview, he also touched on his experience playing at Melbourne Park this season. He also complained about various issues that bothered him during the course of the tournament.
“The spectators were perfect, I really liked that they were there and supporting us, they filled such a big stadium almost to capacity. The only things I was not happy with and wanted to express about the development of the sport in this country were the lights and the balls. The lights were of poor quality, it bothered me and I’m sure it bothered my opponents as well. The balls were not at all suitable for the particular surface and conditions,” he continued.
The Greek player, though, was duly rewarded for his performance during the 2023 Australian Open. He gained one position and is now ranked as World No. 3 in the latest ATP rankings.
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