World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed he was in a "very bad place" late last year and even contemplated a retirement. Tsitsipas, 23, retired his Paris Masters first round match after just a couple of games. Tsitsipas appeared at the ATP Finals but pulled out of the event after losing his opening group stage match.
Tsitsipas was hampered by an elbow injury and he underwent an elbow surgery in late November. “I didn’t think back then that anyone would be able to help me heal and get back to where I wanted. So it was a very difficult moment that I had to go through and I was in a terrible place,” Tsitsipas said.
“I remember being at the Nitto ATP Finals a few days before the surgery and I was thinking of quitting. I didn’t think back then that anyone would be able to help me heal and get back to where I wanted. “It was a very difficult moment that I had to go through.
I was in a very bad place”.
Tsitsipas in a good place now
Tsitsipas miracously recovered in time for the Australian Open. Initially, Tsitsipas was expected to miss the whole Australian Summer. Not only that Tsitsipas competed at the Australian Open, he made the semifinal.
"I wasn’t able to stay motivated because I didn’t believe in myself. My body was stopping me from going there. It was very sad to feel helpless. I felt weak and I felt unable to reach new heights,” he said.
“So I want to be consistent and feel good about myself this year”. After the Australian Open, Tsitsipas ended runner-up in Rotterdam and made the Acapulco semifinal. Former world No. 3 Tsitsipas is now set to play at the Indian Wells Masters.
Tsitsipas' best Indian Wells result came last year, when he made the quarterfinal before suffering a surprise defeat to Nikoloz Basilashvili.