Stefanos Tsitsipas: I'm lacking matches ahead of Wimbledon



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Stefanos Tsitsipas: I'm lacking matches ahead of Wimbledon

World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas has admitted that he is lacking matches ahead of Wimbledon but still he is hoping to have a positive campaign at The All England Club. Tsitsipas, who was beaten in the French Open final, hasn't played any grass events before Wimbledon.

“I haven't really played much on grass. I've practised a couple of times,” Tsitsipas said. “I've played a few practice sets. I'm feeling all right on grass. 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 are my opportunities going to be. “Right now I don't think I had enough matches. I didn't really have a lot of tournaments on grass.

I never really played more than a tournament before the Wimbledon Championships. 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”.

Tsitsipas insists he loves grass

“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. It was kind of something that tore me apart.

I was a completely different person to who I am now”. Tsitsipas reflected. “I think I'm a player that can come to the net. I'm confident when it comes to serving and volleying, moving in. The surface has become slightly slower over the years.

[It] has been adapted more for baseline players, given the opportunity for baseliners, good baseliners, to dominate and do well on that surface,” Tsitsipas added. Tsitsipas suffered a first round loss at Wimbledon in 2019 and now he is hoping to avoid the same outcome.

“[I] spent a few days in the countryside just outside London [after Roland Garros]. I had a few days off for relaxation, some good physiotherapy, and rehab for my body to be ready for the grass-court season,” Tsitsipas said.

“I started practising like almost eight days ago, getting back to the new style of tennis, which is the grass-court tennis. “[In 2019] I didn't really have plan B or plan C. I just kind of had my one way of playing.

With experience and having had that experience in the past, that obviously helps me move on. I see things a different way than I used to before”.