WATCH: Stefanos Tsitsipas destroys racket – ‘Today was not a good way to show my mindset’

Shahida Jacobs
Stefanos Tsitsipas in action
Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, wipes his face during his match

Stefanos Tsitsipas may well have won the award for the quickest racket smash during a tennis match as he lost his cool and demolished his racket only minutes into his Italian Open clash against Jan-Lennard Struff.

The sixth seed opened his campaign in Rome against world No 41 Struff on Saturday, but he didn’t get off to the best of starts as he was broken in the first game of the match.

After going 0-1 down, Tsitsipas didn’t hold back as he took his frustration out on his racket and one of the advertising boards on the back of the court.

The Greek obliterated the racket he had to get a new one from his bag.

Although Tsitsipas broke back in game eight, Struff went on to win the opening set before the world No 8 got level on terms in the second set.

Yet the second set was far from straight forward as he broke in game three, but then lost serve only to break again before serving out the set. He eventually broke twice in the decider to claim the win.

Tsitsipas, though, was left confused by his own performance.

“I can’t really process what happened,” he said. “There was a lot of attention, a lot of emotions, a lot of fighting; it was insane.

“I really don’t know what worked and what didn’t, I just tried to win the match and the outcome was beyond spectacular.

“I managed to come back and get over those really difficult moments.”

The Greek added: “I really don’t know what I was doing out on the court until the middle of the second set.

“I felt really lost out there and I don’t think I’ve felt this way in a long time. It was really difficult dealing with emotions like this and I don’t think I’ve had a match in my life that had so many negative emotions that overtook me; it was a very tricky and weird situation.

“I’ve got to improve my mindset entering matches. Today was not a good way to show my mindset at the beginning of the match. I was not zoned in, not concentrating.

“I need to start matches a bit stronger, find my rhythm. I know I’m good on this surface, so I hope that I can improve and come into the next match feeling stronger.”

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