World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that coming from the United States to Europe has never been easy for him. In March, the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami take place. After Miami, players immediately jump onto the plane to head to Europe for the clay season.
Adapting from the United States hard courts to the European clay courts is "the worst possible adaption of the whole season" for Tsitsipas. “It hasn't been the best adaptation, it's never been the best adaptation to come back from the United States to Europe.
In fact, it's still the worst adaptation of the whole season, I think, when you come back from Miami. You go to bed at 6 p.m. and wake up at 3 a.m. It's something I've been going through for a few days now, but luckily I've been out of this routine for a few days already, especially the adaptation in terms of sleep and training because, you know, you're in the middle of the day and you're pretty exhausted.
But I like the transition from hard to clay. I like going from hard courts to clay. I think it's a bit different to do the reverse, but I always like to come back to the academy where I train, change my shoes and get back on the clay.
It's a good feeling," Tsitsipas explained, per We Love Tennis.
Tsitsipas aims to defend his Monte Carlo title
Even though coming from the United States to Europe has never been easy for Tsitsipas, he managed to make it all the way in Monte Carlo last year.
Last year, Tsitsipas won his first Monte Carlo title after beating Andrey Rublev in the final. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 3, has a first round bye in Monte Carlo. After a first round bye, Tsitsipas plays the winner of the match between Fabio Fognini and Arthur Rinderknech. It remains to be seen if Tsitsipas can defend his Monte Carlo title.