Stefanos Tsitsipas: Pain was unbearable at Paris Masters

World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas said the pain was “unbearable” for him at the Paris Masters and he was disappointed to retire his Paris opener. 

After just six games played against Alexei Popyrin, Tsitsipas decided to retire the match. 

Tsitsipas didn’t want to risk aggravating his shoulder injury just before the ATP Finals so he decided it was the best for him to retire. 

Tsitsipas admits he is still feeling the pain but adds he has been feeling better over the last few days. 

“In Paris the pain was unbearable so I had to quit from that game, I’ve never retired in a match – it was very painful for me to let the crowd down and not play that match,” Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Now. “But, I had to, it was for my safety, my well-being, and I don’t regret doing that. In the last couple of days I have been practicing with a little bit of pain but recently I’m feeling much better than when I started, five six days ago. It’s heading toward the right direction and I’m doing everything possible to recover from it.”

Tsitsipas aims a big 2022 season 

Tsitsipas didn’t accomplish his goal of winning a Grand Slam title this year. 

Tsitsipas came close to winning his first Major at the French Open but he blew a two-set lead against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

“Overall I’m happy with where I stand and I think I’m going to have to take an extra step and try and aim for even higher next year,” Tsitsipas said. “That will require new fresh goals and also trying to improve in my regards when it comes to becoming more professional and working to find where the one percent lies, or the five percent where I can benefit from it and I will of course have my team to help me get to that five percent that I’m looking for.”

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