Injury cloud hanging over Stefanos Tsistipas ahead of his ATP Finals title defence

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Stefanos Tsitsipas disappointed

Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas admits he “doesn’t really know” whether he will be able to participate in this year’s ATP Finals after an old injury flared up during the Paris Masters.

The Greek suffered a leg injury during his French Open semi-final exit in October and was forced to pull out of the St Petersburg Open.

However, he returned to action at the Vienna Open where he was defeated in the second round, and he again lost at the same stage at Paris-Bercy on Tuesday.

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After the match the world No 6 was asked about defending his ATP Finals title at The O2 Arena and replied: “Right now, I don’t know. I really don’t know.

“During the second set my Roland Garros injury came back, and it wasn’t as bad as at the French Open, but it kind of had me on the edge of things, and I wasn’t sure if that’s good for me to be out there.

“But that’s not an excuse, for sure. I still fought and gave my best out there, despite this thing that I had on court. I’m sad, for sure.”

The season-ending ATP showpiece tournament is set to take place from 15-22 November in London, but it will be held without any spectators after England went into a second lockdown due to the coronavirus.

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