Stefanos Tsitsipas gets ripped by ex-fitness coach after their partnership ends

Fitness coach Christos Fiotakis decided to leave Tsitsipas' team after the French Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Stefanos Tsitsipas gets ripped by ex-fitness coach after their partnership ends
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Fitness coach Christos Fiotakis has left Stefanos Tsitsipas' team and now he is calling out Tsitsipas as he claims he left the Greek tennis star over dissatisfaction with his work ethic and after he was left feeling that the 25-year-old's primary focus wasn't on tennis but on some other stuff.

After working with Tsitsipas for a couple of years, Fiotakis became a full-time member of the Greek's team for the 2024 season. But after Tsitsipas' straight-set defeat to Carlos Alcaraz in the French Open quarterfinal, Fiotakis decided to pack his bags and conclude his collaboration with the current world No. 11. 

Reflecting on their partnership, Fiotakis said he was glad that he was able to help Tsitsipas regain his strength and fitness after his back injury sustained in late 2023. But when it comes to Tsitsipas' results in 2024, Fiotakis made it clear that he was hoping the Greek tennis star would achieve more. 

“I am closing this circle, after I said that I will try to bring maximum results until Roland Garros. The results and goals I had set as a coach did not come. However, we got Stefanos back on his feet, back to being a healthy athlete and competing at a high level after his injury. Beyond that there are some things that are out of my control," Fiotakis told SDNA.

“The team atmosphere doesn’t match my energy and, unfortunately, we have other priorities. I wish him, however, the best, that he may always be healthy. Thank you for this experience I had with the team, I think I gave them a lot, but I also learned a lot through the seven intense months on tour with such a high level athlete. I hope that at some point he will understand that what I am telling him is correct and that he will climb to the first step of the podium."

Christos Fiotakis and Stefanos Tsitsipas
Christos Fiotakis and Stefanos Tsitsipas© Christos Fiotakis - Instagram

Fiotakis: I was looking forward to the Olympics with Tsitsipas

Interestingly, Fiotakis' decision comes after Tsitsipas' best part of the season. 

Before the clay season, Tsitsipas was very inconsistent and a semifinal showing in Los Cabos was his only notable result. But during the clay season, Tsitsipas' form improved and he won the Monte Carlo Masters - finished as a runner-up in Barcelona - and he was also a quarterfinalist at the Rome Masters and French Open. But while quarterfinal showings in Rome and Roland Garros were solid, it should be noted that Tsitsipas and his team certainly had higher ambitions after back-to-back finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

And during or after the French Open, something changed in Fiotakis' feelings and he figured out that ending his partnership with Tsitsipas was the best thing for him. 

"i was really looking forward to the Olympics in Paris because I thought that would be the moment when we could bring the gold, which we didn’t do in Tokyo, due to bad luck and some strange circumstances," Fiotakis added. 

“As I said, however, we have other priorities and I am not satisfied with Stefanos’ work ethics. Right now, I don’t think his ultimate focus is on playing tennis and getting to the top of the rankings or winning Grand Slams. So that’s why I too can’t travel for seven months straight, with only 25 days at home, when the goals are not high and I’m traveling just to travel. 

"I have enough work at home and I prefer to distribute my energy to different people in my daily life, make them fitter and achieve what they want, without stress.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas © Getty Images Sport - Clive Mason

Tsitsipas set to start his grass season in Halle

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas is set to return to action in Halle and kick off his grass season at the German ATP 500 tournament. On Saturday, the Halle main draw was released and Tsitsipas learned that he would be taking on German wildcard Henri Squire in the first round. 

When Tsitsipas and world No. 178 Squire meet, it will be their first meeting. However, it won't be Squire's first match of the year on grass as the 23-year-old German started his grass season at this week's ATP 250 tournament in Stuttgart - where he was beaten by Yannick Hanfmann in the first round. Although Tsitsipas has never before played Squire or has played any matches on grass this year, he will still enter the match as the big favorite.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas © Getty Images Sport - Thomas F. Starke

If Tsitsipas beats Squire, he will play in the round-of-16 against either Jan-Lennard Struff or Luca Darderi. 

In the past, Tsitsipas made three Halle appearances and each time his campaign finished in the round-of-16. But Tsitsipas has a favorable Halle path this year and this could be the year he finally makes it past the round-of-16 at the German grass tournament.

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