Stefanos Tsitsipas laments inconsistency from Next Gen players after Wimbledon exit

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas believes the lack of consistency is the main reason why the Next Gen players are struggling to make a breakthrough at Grand Slams.

Having reached the semi-final of the Australian Open, a lot was expected from Tsitsipas at the French Open and Wimbledon.

However, he fell in the round of 16 against Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros and was then dumped out at the All England Club by world No 89 Thomas Fabbiano with the Italian winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 6-3.

The Greek’s fellow Next Gen star Alexander Zverev also crashed out as the German was beaten in four sets by Jiri Vesely.

It again raised questions about their ability to replace the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the top of the game.

When asked if a lack of experience is contributing to the Next Gen’s continued struggles, Tsitsipas replied: “I don’t think that’s an excuse.

“We’ve seen players my age, many years ago, I would like to name Rafa, Roger, seemed very mature and professional what they were doing. They had consistency from a young age. They always did well tournament by tournament without major drops or inconsistency.

“Something that we as the Next Gen players lack, including myself as well, is this inconsistency week by week. It’s a week-by-week problem basically, that we cannot adjust to that.

“My goal this year was to stay as consistent as possible. I had a great year last year. There were a lot of ups and downs during the year. I really wanted to focus and be aware of every single match that I’m going to play this year.

“It hasn’t been going up to the plan. I’ll be doing what I’m doing, and let’s see what happens.”

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