Stefanos Tsitsipas hoping to avoid back-to-back early exits at Wimbledon



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Stefanos Tsitsipas hoping to avoid back-to-back early exits at Wimbledon

World No, 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed he took a few days before starting practicing for the grass season. Tsitsipas, who made his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open, blew a two-set lead against Novak Djokovic in the final at Roland Garros.

After that, Tsitsipas took some time to refresh as he decided against playing any events prior to Wimbledon. Tsitsipas suffered first round losses at Wimbledon in 2017 and 2019, while he made the round-of-16 at the tournament in 2018.

“[I] spent a few days in the countryside just outside London [after Roland Garros]. I had a few days off for relaxation, some good physiotherapy, and rehab for my body to be ready for the grass-court season,” Tsitsipas said.

“I started practising like almost eight days ago, getting back to the new style of tennis, which is the grass-court tennis. “[In 2019] I didn't really have plan B or plan C. I just kind of had my one way of playing.

With experience and having had that experience in the past, that obviously helps me move on. I see things a different way than I used to before”.

Tsitsipas says he loves grass

“Honestly, grass court is a surface that I love.

But probably two years ago, I didn't really have the best result, the result that I expected. It was kind of something that tore me apart. I was a completely different person to who I am now”. Tsitsipas reflected. “I think I'm a player that can come to the net.

I'm confident when it comes to serving and volleying, moving in. The surface has become slightly slower over the years. [It] has been adapted more for baseline players, given the opportunity for baseliners, good baseliners, to dominate and do well on that surface,” Tsitsipas added. Tsitsipas has been drawn to face American Frances Tiafoe in the Wimbledon first round.