The criticism does not stop around the figure of Stefanos Tsitsipas and his "supposed" unsportsmanlike attitudes in matches where things are not working out for him, and he ends up requesting toilet breaks to return to the contest.
The last one fell on the part of the renowned Spanish coach Toni Nadal, who regretted that a player with the Greek's conditions needs this type of distraction to recover in games where he is against the wall. "Tsitsipas is undoubtedly a brilliant player and, as such, we hope that he wins without the need to use any tricks that he can take advantage of.
It is evident that he does not need them," said now Canadian coach Felix Auger- Aliassime. "I think no fan of our sport can imagine Roger Federer or Rafael looking for extra-sporting shortcuts to achieve victory," he added.
Already the Greek had defended himself from the constant attacks against him, arguing that he had not broken any rules. "I don't think I have violated any rules. It's something we have to talk about. I don't know how my opponent feels when I'm there.
And it's not my priority. As long as I follow the ATP rules, the rest is fine," he mentioned at the time the number 3 in the world. The truth is that more than one colleague has spoken out against the attitudes made by Tsitsipas himself and most likely forces to change the rules in the near future of the competition.
For now, the member of NextGen seems to be calm, without criticism affecting him more than necessary.
Federer denied the idea of a revolution approaching
During a Uniqlo’s ambassadors meet, Roger Federer joined tennis wheelchair professionals Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid to discuss various aspects of the sport.
Primarily, he revealed what will be the biggest challenge in the coming times. “I don’t see a revolution per se. I just think players are going to get fitter and stronger,” Federer said. “And because of that, they are able to keep their level of play for longer.
For us, I think it’s going to be the key how you stay injury-free for a long period of time, which is going to be the challenge”. Furthermore, the 20-time Grand Slam champion shared how science will benefit the coming-of-age tennis professionals.
In the end, it dawned on him the many similarities between tennis and wheelchair tennis. “But, I think with sport science and stuff like this, a lot of guys will find good ways. It’s interesting to see how many similarities we actually have (Tennis and wheelchair tennis),” the Swiss maestro concluded.