World No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas had a solid season as he won two titles and reached his first Grand Slam final. However, he didn’t finish the year as he would have wanted as he withdrew from the ATP Finals due to injury and then underwent surgery. He has spoken about now playing “without pain” and the “totally new challenge” ahead.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed that he has been playing with pain for the last two years and after surgery feels like he is “starting from scratch”.
Tsitsipas underwent elbow surgery in November after being forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in Turin.
It was the second season in a row that he ended with injury issues.
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The world No. 4, who made the French Open final this year, returned to training recently and is hoping to play at the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.
“I considered it necessary to have surgery because I had been feeling permanent pain for years while playing, trying to limit the load on that area of my body,” he told Sky Sports in Italy.
“I wanted to return as soon as possible, but without being afraid of relapsing from the injury. It is fantastic to be on the court without feeling pain and seeing that I can do any movement.
“Now I am faced with a totally new challenge because I realise that I had changed my style of play and now I can play without limiting factors. For me it’s like starting from scratch. I’m using a muscle that I almost didn’t know I had because I wasn’t using it to protect the joint, I changed my style of play.
“It was difficult for me mentally to compete for almost two years with this problem.”
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Tsitsipas also spoke about continued speculation over Novak Djokovic’s vaccination status ahead of the Australian Open.
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Players need to be vaccinated to compete at the tournament, unless they have a medical exemption, and Djokovic is yet to reveal whether he is or not.
“I believe that we must respect what Novak does.”
Djokovic was not on the first charter flights that landed in Australia this week.
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Barbora Krejcikova was one of the former Grand Slam champions on the women’s side to win overnight but was hit by the new bathroom break. Meanwhile, Miomir Kecmanovic continued to “avenge” Novak Djokovic with another victory.
Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios are all out of the Australian Open but the action – and the controversies – are carrying on.
One Grand Slam champion was hit with a time violation for a long toilet break – and then claimed she had broken her necklace. And another brought her five-year-son into her post-match press conference.
Home favourite Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka and Rafa Nadal are all in action later.
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Andy Murray complained about the Greek player taking a long toilet break during their clash at the US Open last year.
And since then a new rule has been introduced to stop players leaving the court for too long between sets.
In a battle between French Open champions, she lost the first set to Jelena Ostapenko – and then disappeared for eight minutes. On her return, she claimed she had broken her necklace.
After her 2-6 6-4 6-4 win, the Czech said: “Today’s match was very tough, I had to dig deep to get this win, so I’m very happy and proud of myself. I’m never going to leave without a fight and I’m happy to show that on the court.”
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She took a nine-minute toilet break against Garbine Muguruza at the US Open
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The two-time Australian Open champion destroyed No.15 seed Elina Svitolina 6-0 6-2 in only 67 minutes – and gave her press conference with her son on her knee.
And the first question was to five-year-old Leo. How did mummy play today?
He replied: “Awesome”.
The former world No.1 said: “It’s definitely not a distraction, I will never say that. Being a parent is not easy. He’s full of personality. I don’t know where he gets it from obviously.
“But I always feel privileged that I’m able to have him here. These kind of moments are really priceless for me. To be able to share that with my son is pretty incredible.”
Britain’s last singles player is back on a familiar court.
Andy Murray played both his matches in the John Cain Arena – the stadium where he also lost his first-round match in 2019.
And Nick Kyrgios describes the 10,500-seat arena – which is capped at 50% capacity – his favourite in the world because of the atmosphere generated by ground ticketholders.
And British No.2 Dan Evans will face No.9 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the last match there tomorrow not before 5pm local time.
Miomir Kecmanovic was supposed to play his fellow Serb Novak Djokovic in the first round – but instead got to play and beat lucky loser and world No.146. Salvatore Caruso.
Today the World No.77 beat another Italian – No.25 seed Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-7 6-2 7-5 – for the biggest win of his career. He will now face No.17 seed Gael Monfils.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Kecmanovic. “A week ago I was supposed to play the world No. 1 and didn’t have much of a chance there, but now I’m in the last 16, so I’m happy that I was able to use this chance and that I’ve been playing some really good tennis.”
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MEGHAN MARKLE has been “actively targeted” by a £2.8million “hate-for-profit enterprise” viewed by millions online, according to new data.
Research compiled by data analytics service Bot Sentinel found the Duchess was a victim of three anti-Meghan YouTube channels. The report found together the channels had accumulated a total of 497 million views and an estimated £2.8million in revenue.
Bot Sentinel said: “It’s our opinion that several of the most well-known and active hate accounts were actively targeting journalists and royal commentators to boost their visibility and amplify their hate campaign; in some cases, they were successful.” In 2019 Meghan claimed she learned she had been one of the “most trolled people” in the world.
Hamilton disappointment still “very deep” – Wolff
Toto Wolff has revealed the disappointment at losing last year’s F1 drivers’ title still runs “very deep” inside Lewis Hamilton.
According to Wolff, the disillusionment felt at the time at the way the end of the grand prix in Abu Dhabi was handled by FIA race director Michael Masi remains.
With an FIA inquiry ongoing and no details due until early February as to what plans are likely to be in place for this season, and whether Masi will continue in his role, it is likely doubts around Hamilton will continue for at least another couple of weeks.
Asked in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport as to how deep the disappointment runs after losing out on the drivers’ title, Wolff said: “It’s very deep. Lewis, I and the whole team are disillusioned.
“We love this sport because it’s honest. The stopwatch never lies. But if we break the fundamental principle of fairness and the stopwatch is no longer relevant, then you doubt this sport, that all your work, blood, sweat and tears can be taken away from you.
“It’s going to take a long time to digest. I don’t think we’ll ever get over that, especially Lewis as a driver. At least we can try together with the FIA to do better in the future.”
Wolff is now expecting the FIA to come up with a positive plan of action, the results of which will not be fully ratified until a World Motor Sport Council meeting on March 18, two days before the first grand prix of a record-breaking 23-race season in Bahrain.
“I expect actions and not just words,” insisted Wolff. “In a sport that’s supposed to be a sport, we can’t freestyle like that with the set of rules.
“Before the start of the new season, there must be clarity about the rules so that every driver, team and fan knows what is allowed and what is not.
“In the end, we provide entertainment, but no decision should break the rules for the sake of the show.”
“The capacity of Lewis is often wrongly questioned,” remarked Wolff.
“The capacity of Lewis is often wrongly questioned,” remarked Wolff.