Stefanos Tsitsipas news: World No 4’s dad needs to stop on-court coaching urges Mats Wilander

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action on the ATP Tour

Tennis great Mats Wilander believes that Stefanos Tsitsipas’ dad needs to stop coaching him from the side lines during matches as it’s only hurting the Greek’s game.

The world No 4’s dad, Apostolos Tsitsipas, is a part of the coaching staff and is usually seen giving his son tactical tips during matches, and the fourth round match against Taylor Fritz was no different.

However, on-court coaching is an offence on the ATP Tour and the Greek duo have already been given two coaching violations during this year’s Australian Open, one during his win in the third round against Benoit Paire and another in his latest victory against Fritz.

The umpire during the fourth round tie even addressed Tsitsipas directly at the end of the fourth set to tell him to get his dad to stop or there would be another violation heading their way.

Wilander believes the 23-year-old’s father needs to take a step back for the good of his son, he said: “At some point his father needs to get out of there.

“Let Stefanos figure things out himself, you can have a proper go through the match beforehand and afterwards, but Stefanos can solve the problems (during the match.)

“The situation (with the umpire) happens and then in the fifth set Tsitsipas wins it 6-4, he plays a brilliant set, maybe the best set in the whole match.”

Last year the Greek revealed that he wanted “coaching on every point” to be allowed, however that was quickly shot down by Nick Kyrgios who branded the idea as “terrible.”

Another legend in the game, Tim Henman, agrees with Wilander and thinks Apostolos needs to cut down on on-court coaching.

“It will make Stefanos a better player if he works it out for himself,” the former British No 1 explained.

“If he always has his dad in his ear saying ‘serve here, run there’ I don’t think he develops.

“To see the way that he played and behaved in the fifth set it was really impressive.”

Tsitsipas will now face Jannik Sinner in the quarter finals in Melbourne on Wednesday, and if he manages to get to the semis he could play either Daniil Medvedev or Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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