Stefanos Tsitsipas shows ugly side again in loss to Andrey Rublev
Stefanos Tsitsipas came unglued during his loss to Andrey Rublev first whacking a ball in the direction of his player’s box, then with his post-match comments.
Tsitsipas is generally a likeable figure on the ATP Tour bringing craft and athleticism to the game but he isn’t always gracious in defeat.
His actions on this occasion probably don’t rank too highly on the scale when it comes to the full spectrum of reactions seen from professionals down the years.
Tsitsipas often appears slightly incredulous at having lost to certain players and once infamously tangled with Daniil Medvedev after a loss.
He grew frustrated with his parents talking in his player’s box and he tapped a ball in their direction along with an accompanying glare that spoke volumes.
After the match he suggested that Rublev’s power was the decisive factor and that the Russian had ‘few tools’ in his kit.
Rublev naturally doesn’t agree with that assessment, but he is the one going on to the semis of the ATP Tour Finals.
“But I don’t think that I beat him because of few tools. If you take our match, every match, we have tough battles. This year I lost to him twice in three sets, and now I beat him in three sets.”
Tsitsipas’ behaviour probably didn’t warrant any sort of code violation or sanction but plenty feel it is part of something that is holding back the incredibly talented Greek.
One of those who feels Tsitsipas needs some help is former World No 1 Jim Courier.
“My main takeaway from this is a little bit of a feeling of empathy for Stef Tsitsipas,” Courier said as quoted by Tennis.com.
“Things that are out of his control are impacting him. His family, they’re so invested in his success. They want so much for him, they want to help him from the sidelines, but they’re just hurting him. And it’s hurting his chances to play good tennis.
“You saw how he threw his serve away with two double faults [in the third set]. He got lost in the match when his parents started jawing at each other. I just feel for the kid. Because Stef seems like a good guy to me, and he’s said time and time again he doesn’t want the input from the bench. But they give it to him anyway.
“It seems like they need a therapy session to figure it all out. Because they all want the same. They want their kid to do well, of course they do, but it’s just not working. The way it’s going about right now, it’s hurting him more than it’s helping.”
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