Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts to Nikoloz Basilashvili retiring after just couple of games

Stefanos Tsitsipas was a bit disappointed he didn’t get to finish his match against Nikoloz Basilashvili at the ATP Cup. 

Tsitsipas was 4-1 up in the first set when Basilashvili decided to retire the match. 

The Basilashvili retirement sealed victory for Greece as Michail Pervolarakis beat Aleksandre Metreveli in the opening match of the tie. 

“I don’t really know how is his health. It’s not easy playing when you’re not 100%,” Tsitsipas said after the Basilashvili retirement, per Tennis Majors. “I completely understand his situation. It’s a shame there was no match today, but there will be doubles!”

Tsitsipas absolutely loves playing in Australia 

“Sydney always greets us very well, Melbourne same. We’ve been to Perth, we found some Greeks there too hanging around. It’s been treating us very well, coming to Australia and playing in front of Aussie and Greek fans,” Tsitsipas noted. 

“I love Australia. The weather’s great. Sometimes it’s a bit too hot, you could fry an egg on the court, but we are ready for difficult matches and also the excitement.”

Greece didn’t make it past the group stage at the ATP Cup but Tsitsipas didn’t play much in singles. 

Tsitsipas withdrew from his first singles match against Hubert Hurkacz, before losing to Diego Schwartzman two days later. 

“I’m in a little bit of pain. That’s normal. I served more serves than I have ever served at the last one month. Yeah, the fatigue at the end, but, you know, I tried to avoid the pain. Got to finish the match somehow,” Tsitsipas revealed after his return to singles action against Schwartzman. 

After the Schwartzman clash, Tsitsipas couldn’t confirm he would definitely play the Australian Open. 

“I don’t know what my future plans are for this tournament. I’m not really sure. I’d love to play, but I really don’t know how I’m going to feel tomorrow,” Tsitsipas stated.

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