'Upset' Stefanos Tsitsipas blames this for RG mixed dubs withdrawal with Paula Badosa

Tsitsipas addresses him and Badosa withdrawing from their French Open first-round mixed doubles match on Monday.

by Dzevad Mesic
'Upset' Stefanos Tsitsipas blames this for RG mixed dubs withdrawal with Paula Badosa
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Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted he was "upset" over withdrawing from the French Open mixed doubles with Paula Badosa as the Greek tennis star said the Parisian weather was to "blame" for him and his girlfriend delaying their official mixed doubles debut. 

When Tsitsipas arrived in Paris, it was revealed that he was planning to play in all three competitions - the singles, men's doubles with his brother Petros Tsitsipas, and also mixed doubles with his girlfriend Badosa. 

But due to rainy weather in Paris and several delays across the opening week at Roland Garros, Tsitsipas and Badosa's opening mixed doubles was pushed back to Monday. And on Monday, Tsitsipas and Badosa withdrew from the mixed doubles event but the Greek still hit the court that day as he and his brother Petros claimed a 4-6 7-5 6-3 win over Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek.

Following a doubles win with his brother, Tsitsipas confirmed that having a singles quarterfinal match on Tuesday versus Carlos Alcaraz played a part in him withdrawing from the mixed doubles event. Also, the 25-year-old Greek revealed it was Badosa who said she would not have problems with withdrawing from the mixed doubles event if that could help him. 

"I'm still upset about it. I have to blame the weather in Paris. It was a disaster. I didn't expect that I would have to play two doubles in one day, especially a day before a big match like the singles quarterfinals. It's too much for anyone and I think it was a wise decision to retire from one of the boards," Tsitsipas said.

"I'm glad Paula understood and was the first to suggest it a few days ago but I was convinced I could handle it and be okay."

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa © Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman

Tsitsipas: Me and Badosa will eventually get a chance to play mixed doubles together

Tsitsipas and Badosa, who first started dating around last year's French Open, played mixed doubles at an exhibition event during the offseason. In March, Tsitsipas and Badosa played mixed doubles in another exhibition event - they finished as runners-up at the Eisenhower Cup in March. 

But while Tsitsipas and Badosa have played mixed doubles together, their appearances have only come at the exhibition level and not on the main level. However, Tsitsipas remains hopeful that will soon change and that he and his girlfriend will soon debut as a mixed doubles duo in one of the next Grand Slam tournaments. 

"It was difficult. You want to play with someone who you felt had worked before and there's something good. It hurts a little but in the end you don't make a career out of the gross. So, we shouldn't be too sad because we will have the opportunity in the coming years to play countless Slams," Tsitsipas added. 

Tsitsipas and Badosa announced their reunion just before the French Open

In early May, Badosa posted a written message on her Instagram Story, in which she revealed that she and Tsitsipas put an end to their relationship after 12 months. In her message, Badosa said she and Tsitsipas had nothing but respect for each other and would remain on good terms. 

But then just days before the start of the French Open, Tsitsipas and Badosa were spotted spending time together in Monte Carlo. When Tsitsipas and Badosa came to Paris for the French Open, they confirmed that they decided to reunite as a couple. 

“We are together. I’m going to explain why some people create different stories about us,” Tsitsipas told reporters.

“It’s not that I care, but I don’t think people should take it like that. Paula didn’t do anything wrong and neither did I. It was hard for us to be apart and I was also going through difficult times.

“I would say that I didn’t take it very well either, because I felt the pressure of the tour, of my work. It seemed like a mountain to combine the two things (tennis and romantic life) and I made the decision to take a break.

“After two or three weeks I realized that she is a person who has supported me a lot and, when she tried to talk to me again, I felt how intense the love we have for each other is."

Paula Badosa and Stefanos Tsitsipas
Paula Badosa and Stefanos Tsitsipas© Tsitsidosa Instagram

After Tsitsipas provided a detailed explanation of his reunion with Badosa, the Spanish tennis star simply said that there was nothing more to add. 

Meanwhile, Badosa's French Open singles run finished in the third round after she was beaten 5-7 1-6 by her best friend Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday.

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