Watch: Stefanos Tsitsipas loudly booed by Turin crowd for retiring after just 15 min.

Tsitsipas retired against Holger Rune just three games into their match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Stefanos Tsitsipas loudly booed by Turin crowd for retiring after just 15 min.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas received a pretty long and loud round of boos from the Turin crowd after retiring just 15 minutes into his match against Holger Rune. On Tuesday, Tsitsipas and Rune opened the singles action at the ATP Finals.

After Rune served out the third game for a 2-1 lead, Tsitsipas was visited by a physio. When Tsitsipas got up from the bench, it was clear that he was retiring. The Turin crowd instantly started booing and the Greek ended up getting booed off the court.

Tsitsipas' statement on retiring against Rune

Just a day before the start of the ATP Finals, there were rumors that Tsitsipas was dealing with an injury.

Following a straight-set defeat to Jannik Sinner in his ATP Finals opener, Tsitsipas said he was fine. But then, Tsitsipas retired against Rune just three games into the match. In his statement, Tsitsipas said "the pain was very big" and it was "clearly too much to handle." "I practiced the last few days.

I didn't spend a lot of time on the court. I had a little bit of trouble with my movement. It's mainly affected when I move. It's difficult to compete in the match without having to move. This is tennis. This is not darts. For me, it's important to be fit and feel good with my back.

The pain was very big. I've gone through pain during matches in the past, and I endured pain, but this was clearly too much to handle. I had to take the difficult decision to do what I did. I felt it at the second game of the match.

I actually felt it in the warm-up with my serve. Warming up on my serve, I felt very irritated and lots of pain hitting me on my back. I kind of knew at that time that I might not be able to go all the way," Tsitsipas said.

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