Stefanos Tsitsipas explains decision to withdraw from Hubert Hurkacz clash

World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from his ATP Cup match against Hubert Hurkacz but insisted it was nothing serious.

Tsitsipas, the 2020 French Open runner-up, underwent an elbow surgery in November. 

Tsitsipas retired at the Paris Masters and pulled out of the ATP Finals after just one match played due to an elbow injury. 

Despite the withdrawal from the Hurkacz match, Tsitsipas is expected to play at the Australian Open. 

Tsitsipas is a two-time Australian Open semifinalist and he wants to be healthy enough to make another deep run at Melbourne Park.

“The recovery from my elbow surgery in November is on track for Melbourne and today was a precautionary step to make sure I make Melbourne,” Tsitsipas said. “We will see day by day, match by match until then.”

Greece lost without Tsitsipas

Hubert Hurkacz beat Aristotelis Thanos, while Kamil Majchrzak beat Michail Pervolarakis to seal victory for Poland over Greece. 

“I have faith in my team,” said Tsitsipas during his pre-tournament press conference. “I think we can sort it out in two matches [and] not have to go all the way to three [in each tie]. For each and every single one of us representing Greece on an ATP Cup level just means a lot. I know there is plenty of Greek-Australians that are going to go wild watching us play.

“Greece is known to excel in team events, such as football and basketball, so it’s in our nature. We love playing team events, and that’s where we leave the best out of ourselves on court. I think we have a team of young players that are just hungrier than anyone else. That’s what makes us kind of stand out and we have so much energy starting next week.”

Greece doesn’t have much of doing anything with Tsitsipas and that showed on Saturday when they took on Poland. 

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