World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas says tennis is a very introverted sport and from a young age you have to learn how to handle certain stuff.
Tsitsipas himself is a kind of an introverted person and he has managed to achieve some pretty notable things in the game.
Tsitsipas came close to winning his maiden Grand Slam at this year’s French Open but he fell just short as he blew a two-set lead in the final against Novak Djokovic.
“Tennis is a very introverted sport and you kind of learn to manage it at a very young age. This is something you have to deal with really well and it is what separates the best players from the average players,” Tsitsipas said on The Madhappy Podcast, as revealed on We Love Tennis.
Tsitsipas’ elbow progressing well
Tsitsipas was forced to retire his Paris Masters opener after just a few games and he withdrew from the ATP Finals after just one match played.
“My elbow is fantastic. I am sure I will be 100% back. The goal is definitely to go even higher. I hope the preparation goes well and that the new year will be three times better than this season,” Tsitsipas said during his appearance on the Greek TV channel ANT1.
Tsitsipas was hoping he would not be bothered that much by the elbow injury at the ATP Finals but that wasn’t the case.
“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 at the ATP Finals.
“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.”