After a couple of years of hiatus, Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete on the Grass surface for the first time at Wimbledon Championships 2021. Talking ahead of the London major event, Greek stalwart said that he anticipates different and new results on the turf regardless of his last performance.
Lastly, Tsitsipas played on the grass surface at 2019 Wimbledon. Therein, he fell in the first round to Italian Thomas Fabbiano in the five-setters. Greek has a win-loss record of 3-3 in the SW19.
However, Stefanos emphasised in the pre-tournament press conference that he has sufficiently practised on the grass court. At the same time, he needs several matches to gain confidence.
“I haven’t really played much on grass. I’ve practised a couple of times. I’ve played a few practice sets. I’m feeling alright on the grass,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said to reporters in the press conference.
Greek further continued, “I think it will take a few matches for me to start gaining more confidence. I just want to see how every single match that I get to play here will evolve and what my opportunities are going to be.”
Most notably, Tsitsipas has not played in the ATP Tour events after his championship match defeat against Novak Djokovic at the 2021 French Open.
“Right now, I don’t think I had enough matches. I didn’t really have a lot of tournaments on the grass. I never really played more than a tournament before the Wimbledon Championships,” Tsitsipas added.
“I’m A Player That I Rely A Lot On Playing Matches”, says Stefanos Tsitsipas
In the three appearances, reaching the fourth round at 2018 Wimbledon is Stefanos Tsitsipas’s best performance so far.
“I think for me, I’m a player that I rely a lot on playing matches, getting confident through the process of winning. I haven’t had that opportunity yet. Honestly, grass court is a surface that I love. But probably two years ago, I didn’t really have the best result, the result that I expected,” the 2019 ATP Finals champion confessed.
At the 2021 Wimbledon, Stefanos Tsitsipas was seeded No.3 in the main draw and will begin his campaign against American Frances Tiafoe.
“It was kind of something that tore me apart. I was a completely different person to who I am now,” World No. 4 expressed.
Tsitsipas leads Tiafoe 1-0 in their head-to-head series. But American has a win-loss record of 7-2 on the grass surface this year.