Tsitsipas: “I feel better than ever”
Shortly before the start of the games at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas gave an interview to one of the largest online media in India and talked about everything. For his elbow injury and the surgery he underwent, the situation in Australia and the Djokovic issue, his battle with the leaders and his image in Greece.
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“I feel better than ever and as the days go by I am more and more confident about my game. The surgery was successful and I recovered much faster than we expected. “I am grateful for the doctor and the people around me, because they helped me during that difficult time when I was physically and mentally affected,” said the Greek tennis player.
Asked about the Djokovic case, Tsitsipas said: “In recent weeks, Djokovic has been the first topic in the news, with people being more concerned about whether or not he will play than tennis itself.” He added that everyone has the right to choose what they think is best for their body, to protect it from the pandemic. “Djokovic is playing by his own rules, something many players would not have the guts to do, especially after the announcement of the measures that must be followed to enter the country,” he said. “It takes a lot of courage to think that you will go to Australia unvaccinated and without following the protocols.”
The journalist also referred to the conquest of a Grand Slam by new players, mentioning Medvedev and Zverev, with Tsitsipas pointing out that the change of guard at the top is very close. Winning a Grand Slam is one of his goals and it was something that occupied him and he thought about it throughout his stay in the hospital.
Regarding the comments of the German tennis player Zverev, who wants himself, Djokovic and Medvedev to be the possible masters of the 2022 Grand Slams, Tsitsipas replied that he does not read what Zverev mentions, as tennis is what will have him last. reason.
The Greek tennis player is one of the few young players who has faced Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and manages to win twice. For him, the most difficult opponent was Djokovic, as it requires constant concentration and 100% confidence to beat him and that is what makes him stand out from the rest of the “mortals”.
Regarding the impact of his achievements in Greece, Tsitsipas said: “Greeks now, in addition to football and basketball, watch tennis more systematically, something that helped the development of the sport in the country and the creation of new academies and clubs for young children”. The presence of Tsitsipas with Maria Sakkari in the double of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in which they were very close to a medal, was even helpful in this.