Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'I should have played the week before Wimbledon'

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'I should have played the week before Wimbledon'

It is impossible not to positively assess the season that Stefanos Tsitsipas has been marking: finalist at Roland Garros, where he was 2-0 up in sets against Novak Djokovic, raised his first Masters 1000 (in Monte Carlo) and remains in second position in the Race to Turin.

We could say that little can be blamed for him. However, it was marked her first disappointment of the year as she said goodbye in the first round of Wimbledon after losing to Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4 and 6-3 in just over two hours of play.

. Beyond the quick elimination and the little preparation on the surface, the Greek made no excuses and appreciated the task of his rival.

Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round

Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round on Monday, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to Frances Tiafoe.

It marks Tsitsipas' third opening-round exit at the Championships in four appearances. Speaking to the media after his loss to Tiafoe, Tsitsipas admitted he might have benefited from playing some matches ahead of the grasscourt Major.

"I was thinking maybe I should have played the week before Wimbledon, either Mallorca or Eastbourne, I'm not sure," Tsitsipas said. "Any of these tournaments would have helped, for sure, get me in a better shape, get my tennis ready for the grass court season.

Fair to say he played really well," added Tsitsipas. "I wasn’t able to maintain the intensity. I wasn’t able to put something better than him. It ended up going his way. I was a bit more passive. I didn’t approach my game with the same strategy."

The Greek, who has never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon, insisted he has the skillset to succeed on grass. "There have been times when I was much more motivated than this but that is not a reason for me not to play well," he said.

"Again, I’d like to pinpoint & say I have all the qualities to play on grass. I haven’t had a lot of matches on grass. The bubble makes it really tiring every week," Tsitsipas said. "It’s certainly very difficult when you know mentally you’re going from one bubble, being in that bubble for close to a month & then a few weeks later you need to go through the procedure again, it’s just not easy."

Tiafoe, meanwhile, showered praise on the Greek during his on-court interview. "That guy's special," Tiafoe said. "He's going to do a lot of great things and win a ton of Grand Slams. But not today."