Tennis legend identifies what may be to blame for Stefanos Tsitsipas' struggles

Tsitsipas hasn't been impressive since losing the Australian Open final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tennis legend identifies what may be to blame for Stefanos Tsitsipas' struggles
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Pam Shriver thinks Stefanos Tsitsipas may have "hit the wall" and that's the reason behind the 25-year-old Greek's struggles in 2023. When Tsitsipas made the Australian Open final at the start of the 2023 season, he was just one win away from becoming a Grand Slam champion and reaching the world No 1 position at the same time.

But Tsitsipas' dreams were squashed after he was handed a straight-set defeat by Novak Djokovic in the final at Melbourne Park. Since then, Tsitsipas hasn't really had much success on the biggest stage and his lone win in 2023 has come at an ATP 250 event in Los Cabos.

In 1978, a 17-year-old Shriver made her first Grand Slam final at the US Open - in which she lost to Chris Evert. Shriver was a top player for many more years but she never again made a Grand Slam singles final.

Shriver on Tsitsipas' struggles

“A lot of turbulence.

A lot of on and off court social media posts; lot of stuff about the coaching situation; dating [Paula Badosa]. I know what it’s like to be a chaser and not quite get there. It was exhausting. I had about eight or nine years where I was somewhere between three and seven in the world, trying to chase down Chrissie, Martina, then Graf and Seles, and I eventually hit the wall around when I was 27-28.

So, whether or not that’s happening to Tsitsipas now, and kind of like [he’s] disheartened now, seeing the quality of Alcaraz, Sinner, and even Shelton,” Shriver said on the Inside-In podcast. Before the start of the French Open, Tsitsipas parted ways with coach Mark Philippoussis.

After Wimbledon, Tsitsipas returned Philippoussis to his team, only to again ditch him after the US Open. Tsitsipas is now again working with his father Apostolos. “They’ve had like this in-and-out. So, I think if I was Philippoussis, if I was asked to go back a third time, I’d have to say, 'No,'" Shriver said.

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