Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has resumed his training activities at the Mouratoglou Academy but he admits it's tough to stay motivated when there is no clear date for the tennis return. The ATP Tour has been suspended since March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak and the suspension will last until at least early-August.
After a slow start to the season and a disappointing January, 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Tsitsipas improved his performance in February as just before the Tour suspension he won Marseille and finished runner-up in Dubai.
"It’s quite tricky. I want to do it like a pre-season but at the same time I’m like, ‘Wait, it might take a long time to start competing again.’ It is difficult to find motivation, that is for sure, at the same time I’m like ‘You just have to play tennis and just enjoy it and not think too much about who is your next opponent or where is your next tournament'
So I’m playing every day -- it’s a bit difficult for me sometimes to feel motivated, I feel down mentally, sometimes I don’t want to play, but I do it because it’s for the better," Tsitsipas told Alize Lim on Tennis Majors.
Stefanos Tsitsipas shows his humanity and helps his Tour colleagues
Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, teamed up with Patrick Mouratoglou in an effort to provide financial aid to the players ranked outside the top-100 during the Tour suspension.
The lower-ranked players have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as most of them can't got for even a month without competing and earning any type of income. "Me and Patrick decided to start this fundraiser to help players outside of the top 100, and help them financially during this crisis, help them financially and provide them with support, we’ve successfully contributed a lot in the last couple of weeks.
People care, so they’ve helped us. The best thing is that the money goes straight to the ATP and the WTA - it supports both Federations," Tsitsipas said. Tsitsipas, who claimed the biggest title of his career at last year's Nitto ATP Finals, has earned $11,236,215 over the course of his career.