Stefanos Tsitsipas news: Is the Greek about to axe his father as coach after recent controversies?

Shahida Jacobs
Stefanos Tsitsipas warms up
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas appears to be trialing Thomas Enqvist as a new coach as the Swede has been spotted at his training sessions ahead of this week’s ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

World No 4 Tsitsipas has been coached by his father Apostolos since a young age, but pictures have emerged of the Greek together with Enqvist, who finished runner-up at the 1999 Australian Open and reached a career-high of No 4 in the ATP Rankings, on court in Rotterdam.

Enqvist has worked with Tsitsipas at the Laver Cup as he has acted as vice-captain of Team Europe since the inaugural tournament in 2017.

There have been storm clouds around the Stefanos-Apostolos partnership due to complaints about on-court coaching.

The issue came to head at the Australian Open when Daniil Medvedev went on a rant during their semi-final as he accused Apostolos of coaching his son during their match.

It was not the first time that Tsitsipas had been accused of receiving on-court coaching, but he denied the claims after the match.

“I cannot hear anything when I’m playing. It’s impossible. Having the crowd being so loud in every single point, you have to have super hearing to be able to hear what your coach says.

“I’m used to it. They’ve been targeting me already a long time.”

Tsitsipas is yet to make an announcement about any changes to his coaching set-up, but he is confident of adapting to the indoor hard-court surface in Rotterdam following his Australian Open outdoor adventures.

“I think I am able to play on all surfaces,” he said. “I don’t want to be a player that is only good on one surface. I’m capable of playing equally well on all surfaces and earn points on all the surfaces that the ATP has to offer every season.”