Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed he took a break from social media as it was ‘stressing him out’.
The newly crowned ATP Finals champion was active on Twitter and Instagram as he made his rise up the tennis rankings, but he admitted he has steered clear of posting too many messages in recent months as he focused his tennis.
“I was saying that to my coach, Patrick Mouratoglou this morning. He was checking on his Instagram feed and I said to him that this is stressing me out, watching posts from other people,” said Tsitsipas.
“He was just scrolling through his messages I was trying to not look at his phone at all. It’s kind of a new phobia that developed in me (smiling).
“I feel like I don’t need it at all. I have been thinking about a lot of things when I’m out on the court and also what happened in social media. It’s a waste of energy for my brain and for my thinking.”
Tsitsipas beat Dominic Thiem in a tie-break decider after a thrilling three-set final at the 02 Arena and he revealed the identity of his opponent on his breakthrough night completed the perfect story.
“First time I met Dominic was I came here as a sparring partner,” he added. “I was No. 1 ranked in the juniors rankings. I got invited by the ITF to come and be a sparring partner here in the Finals.
“I think my first hit was with Dominic. It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? We are now facing each other in the final. It’s great. It’s fantastic.
“I think that year he didn’t do very well, but he kept coming every single year, which is a tremendous amount of respect from me for what he’s been achieving all those years.
Your draw for the 2020 Mexican Open.
WTA Tour No 20 title for Simona Halep.
Stefanos Tsitsipas on course to successfully defend title.
Dominic Thiem OUT of Rio Open.
Your draw for the 2020 Dubai Tennis Championships.
Kevin Anderson out of action for an extended period.
Roger Federer backed to win another Wimbledon title.
It’s over for Daniil Medvedev in Marseille.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘in the zone’ in Marseille.
It’s Simona Halep v Elena Rybakina in the Dubai final.