Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has admitted that his recent efforts have taken a toll on him and that he is a hit exhausted. Tsitsipas enjoyed deep runs at the Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati, having reached the semifinal at both events.
However, his deep runs paid off as Tsitsipas made it past 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal on the ATP rankings list and now he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world. Tsitsipas is not playing at this week's Winston-Salem Open as he is using this week to refresh a bit ahead of the US Open.
"It has been a very intense period of competing with consecutive matches and tournaments. I love the sport, but I’m a little mentally exhausted from all the competition, I think I’ve reached the red zone and need a little bit of time for myself, time to refresh and come back on the tour in the next couple of weeks," Tsitsipas told Adidas.
Tsitsipas proud to have represented Greece at the Tokyo Olympics
Tsitsipas was one of the top favorites to win gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics but he ended up suffering a surprise round-of-16 loss to Ugo Humbert. "From a very young age, I dreamt of competing at the Olympics, for my country it’s one of the biggest events to compete at.
In my mind it was like reaching the ultimate of what every single sport has to offer. Of course, getting a medal is at the top of those dreams, it didn’t happen this year, but you know, there are many other chances I’m sure that that not just me, but other athletes will also get," Tsitsipas said.
"There’s a lot of pride competing and being part of the Olympics, I think every single athlete should be proud, regardless of results, that they get to represent their country and the opportunity to see their skills and how they can excel in their craft."