Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas has not yet played on the grass court before Wimbledon, so the form of the 3rd seed at the tournament remains a mystery for all tennis fans. Just a few weeks ago Stefanos was very close from his first Grand Slam victory, but Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic once again showed his skills and bounced back, losing two sets in the final match at Roland Garros.
Now ahead of the tournament in London, Tsitsipas voiced his expectations for the tournament and recalled his first-round loss to Thomas Fabbiano in 2019.
“I was a completely different person. Back then, I relied a lot on my confidence. Of course, I didn’t have a ‘plan B’ or ‘plan C,’ I just played one style. It was also due to my lack of experience, the fact that I hadn’t been on tour long enough.
In terms of my personal growth, I don’t see any difference whether I win this tournament or not. I’m a happy person regardless of the outcome of the next two weeks. I’m grateful to be able to live my life the way I do. I don’t think there’s any reason to be as disappointed as I was two years ago.
I expect something better. Defeat is not the end of the world. I just put myself first, my feeling on the court, my feeling of happiness when I play tennis, because this is a traditional, historic tournament. We don’t get that opportunity very often.”
We offer a look back at Stefanos’ loss in the 2019 opener
Video: Thomas Fabbiano vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Wimbledon 2019 First Round Highlights
A worthy opponent for a first rounder.
In this year’s Wimbledon, Tsitsipas had a very difficult opponent in the first round. This is American tennis player Francis Tiafoe.
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) June 13, 2021
Tiafoe had seven grass-court matches already, winning his challenger tournament in Nottingham and reaching the quarter-finals at the Queen’s Club where he lost to Denis Shapovalov. So Frances Tiafoe was well prepared for his opening match against top 10 ATP player Stefanos Tsitsipas.