Stefanos Tsitsipas addresses split with Mark Philippoussis split, French Open chances
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Stefanos Tsitsipas claims split with coach Mark Philippoussis was a mutual decision and noted he and the 2003 Wimbledon finalist remain on good terms. Tsitsipas, who hired Philippoussis to be his co-coach in the second part of the 2022 season, split with the Australian just before the start of the French Open.
For now, Tsitsipas' plan is to stick to one voice - his father Apostolos, who has been his regular coach since the start of his career. “Well, it was a mutual decision. We spent countless of hours on the phone talking a few weeks ago.
It’s never easy having two coaches on the court. I know they are there to help and give the best they can, and provide for me. But sometimes it can get quite kind of hectic having two coaches share opinions. I’m at a phase of my career in life where I need one coach that can provide all the information, all the analysis, all of the things that I’m looking for to improve my game.
Less is more, in my opinion," Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors.
Tsitsipas confident in his French Open chances
Tsitsipas, 24, made his first Grand Slam final at the 2021 French Open - when he blew a two-set lead against Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas, who was beaten by Djokovic in his second Grand Slam final at this year's Australian Open, says he is entering the French Open confident this could be his big Major breakthrough. “Opponents are tough opponents.
Some of them might not like clay as much as I do, and some have actually picked up on clay, one of them being Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev. Guys like Novak Djokovic always are a threat. My capacity is big and grand, and I can feel it.
I just need to get a few good first matches to keep believing that I actually can do something this year," Tsitsipas said. Tsitsipas starts his French Open campaign by playing against Jiri Vesely.