World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas has said he does not want to focus on winning a Grand Slam title right now and wants to enjoy the present, during an interview for the Tennis Majors website.
Stefanos Tsitsipas says he put too much pressure on himself
The Greek star, who is currently training at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy during the lockdown, said that he felt he was close to winning a major title after he won the season ending ATP Finals in 2019.
At the next Grand Slam event, which was the Australian Open in January, he lost in the third round to Canada's Milos Raonic. “Looking back to that I think this was too big of a statement [winning a slam] to be taken seriously.
I shouldn’t be looking so far so soon. For sure, I want it to come, but I should be talking about stuff like this less often and concentrate on the present. I guess I just put too much pressure on myself, aiming so high and I just have to take it step by step, not think too much about the future and be irrational.
I say it every single time like it’s the only thing I want to achieve in my life. For sure it is. My theory behind it is that if you think about it too much it might as well never happen, so just relax and enjoy the process."
The Greek player also said he has started taking French lessons recently during the lockdown. “I started having lessons three days ago with a teacher from Cambodia. She’s French, she teaches French. I really hope I can proceed and get better, and I am really looking forward to the day I’m going to speak French fluently, so I can give good speeches at the French Open”.
Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the semifinals at the 2019 Australian Open. He has won 5 ATP singles titles in his career, the biggest of them being the season ending ATP Finals in London last year. Tsitsipas is a former world No.
1 junior. His biggest title as a junior came in doubles, when he partnered with Kenneth Raisma to win the Wimbledon boys doubles event and became the first male Greek to win a junior Grand Slam in the Open Era. He also reached the semifinals of both Wimbledon and the US Open as a junior.