Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that the lack of matches costed him at Wimbledon. Tsitsipas, who finished runner-up at the French Open, decided against playing any grass events prior to Wimbledon. On Monday, world No.
4 Tsitsipas played his first match on grass in 2021 and suffered a shock loss. Frances Tiafoe, an unseeded player, stunned No. 3 seed Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon second round. Tsitsipas had a huge clay season and he decided to take rest before Wimbledon.
“For sure lack of matches was crucial today. The transition from clay to grass, in my opinion, is probably the most difficult one, if not the biggest challenge in our sport. I just wasn't able to adapt,” Tsitsipas said.
“I obviously didn't want it to be like this, to get to the point where I'm completely out of control. “There wasn't that same fighting spirit that I usually put out on the court. I would like to see a different me next time.
There have been times that I was much more motivated than this. But that's no reason for me not to play well”.
Tsitsipas wishes he made different choices
Tsitsipas suggested he would have played much better at Wimbledon had he played either Mallorca or Eastbourne last week.
“I was thinking maybe I should have played either Mallorca or Eastbourne. These tournaments would have helped get me in a better shaper,” Tsitsipas admitted. “I would like to pinpoint and say that I have all the qualities and the game to play on grass.
“I kind of started feeling my game a bit better towards the end of the third set. I just wish the match would have started in the third set. I wasn't able to maintain the intensity”. Tsitsipas wishes it worked out differently but he didn't want to try to find excuses after his early Wimbledon exit.
“It could have worked. But it was too late. I also missed some other things that I later discovered, [which] could have helped me. It was kind of late. When you're two sets to love down, especially on grass, everything is measured up to details, everything is in the details.
“It's not like clay where you are two sets to love down, it's kind of a different rhythm, a different pace, precision is not the most important thing. You can fight your way out of it”.