Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up About Friendship With NBA Star Antetokounmpo - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

ATP

Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up About Friendship With NBA Star Antetokounmpo

The world No.5 explains how spending time with a professional basketball player has helped him.

Avatar

Published

on

Greek tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas said he had ‘plenty to learn’ from another sporting star after they recently spent some time together.

 

The former Australian Open semi-finalist was referring to the time he spent with basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as pole vaulter Emmanuel Karalis. Antetokounmpo plays for the Milwaukee Bucks and has been named the NBA’s most valuable player two years in a row. He is also one of three basketball players in history to be named MVP and Defensive Player of the Year within the same season along with Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Speaking to reporters on media day at the Paris Masters on Sunday, Tsitsipas says he relished his time spent with another top sports star outside of tennis.

“I think there was plenty for me to learn from him, and the fact that we are both playing different sports at such a high level,” he said.
“We have a lot of things that we can relate to and I was very happy to talk with him and discuss the differences of our sport, about work ethics and just basically our lives.”

Tsitsipas heads into the closing stages of the 2020 season with a win-loss record of 27-10. So far this year he can won a title in Marseille and reached the final of two other tournaments, as well as the semi-finals of the French Open. A strong string of results considering five-month of this year’s schedule was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the success, the 22-year-old says he wouldn’t necessarily consider himself a better player than that of 12 months ago. Last year he won three ATP trophies including the biggest of his career yet at the year-end Finals.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say I have become better,” Tsitsipas said. “This was something we discussed with Giannis once I was in Greece having my vacation. How sometimes there comes a moment where you feel like you’re reaching your limits, but then there are certain things where you kind of do things wiser and you don’t over train.
“Little things like this do not necessarily make you elevate your game because for sure there is a maximum at some point.”

There is one thing Tsitsipas said he has been pleased with over the past few months – his mental game. The world No.5 believes he is becoming stronger on the court and that belief is helping him win matches. Although this year he still has a negative record concerning the final set of matches (4-5) and against top 10 opposition (1-2).

“I think this year my attitude has improved a lot. And also my tranquility and how calm I am on the court have given me a lot of matches and also a lot of confidence in believing in myself when tough situations show up in the match,” he concluded.

Tsitsipas will be the second seed at the Paris Masters. Granted a bye in the first round he will start against either Norway’s Casper Ruud or Ugo Humbert.

ATP

Monte Carlo Breakthrough Leaves Andrey Rublev With Mixed Emotions

The world No.8 takes confidence from his latest run but admits it is ‘impossible’ to play at his very top level every week on the Tour.

Avatar

Published

on

After achieving a career milestone at the Monte Carlo Masters, Andrey Rublev was sent crashing down to earth on Sunday.

 

The Russian tennis star broke new territory at the tournament by reaching his first ever Masters 1000 final at the age of 23. However, he was denied the title by Stefanos Tsitsipas who produced a clinical performance to seal victory in just 71 minutes. Ending Rublev’s run of winning seven finals in a row.

“I feel happy with the week, and I feel super sad with the final, that I couldn’t show my game,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“Of course, I’m happy with the week because I beat so many great players and I beat one of the best players in history. It’s a special week.”

Earlier in the tournament Rublev stunned the draw when he upset Rafael Nadal in three sets en route to the semi-finals. Making it the fourth time in his career he has scored a win over a player ranked No.3 in the world. He is also the first player in history to come back from a set down to defeat Nadal at the tournament.

Besides the king of clay, Rublev also dismissed Roberto Bautista Agut and Casper Ruud. He has now won 24 matches on the ATP Tour this season which is more than anybody else. However, he is reluctant to link all of his match play with his latest performance.

“I feel tired after all the matches that I play, exhausted. But this is not excuse. He was just better than me, and that’s it,” he stated.
“Not always everything goes your way. It happened today. I was completely exhausted. Stefanos, he showed great game. He was just better than me, and that’s it.”

Despite his recent success, Rublev is eager to not get too far ahead of himself heading into the French Open. A Grand Slam where he has only played in the main draw twice before, including last year where he reached the quarter-finals.

“I would like to play really good in Madrid and I would like to play really good in Rome. I would like to play all of the weeks good. But it’s impossible,” he explains.
“Some of the weeks for sure will be better, some will be worse and some will be amazing.’
“For the moment I’m playing really consistent. I’m really happy I’m playing my best season so far. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Rublev is set to return to action next week at the Barcelona Open where he will be the third seed.

Continue Reading

ATP

Former Australian Open Semi-Finalist Kyle Edmund Undergoes Surgery

It has been reported that the world No.69 may not be able to return to the Tour for ‘several more months.’

Avatar

Published

on

British world No.69 Kyle Edmund is set to be sidelined from the Tour for some time after having surgery to treat a long-standing problem in Switzerland. 

 

The former British No.1 has confirmed he had a ‘small procedure’ on his knee after being hampered with issues in the area ever since 2018 when a scan revealed that he had fluid behind his left knee. Details of the surgery have not been disclosed by the person who conducted the operation was Dr Roland Biedert, according to BBC Sport. A specialist Orthopaedic surgeon who has also operated on Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro.

“I had a small procedure on my knee. I’m currently rehabbing. The recovery is going well and I hope to be back on court as soon as possible.” Edmund said.

Currently ranked 69th in the world, Edmund hasn’t played a competitive match since losing in the first round of qualifying at the Vienna Open last October due to his knee. 2020 saw mixed fortunes for the 26-year-old. After winning the New York Open during February of that year, he lost seven out of 10 matches played during the rest of the season. Including five defeats in a row.

No return date has been outlined by Edmund or his team following the surgery. However, British media have reported that he may be out for ‘several more months.’ Casting doubts over his chances of being ready in time for Wimbledon which starts on June 28th. He hasn’t been absent from a Wimbledon main draw since 2012.

Edmund has been ranked as high as 14th in the world with his best Grand Slam run being to the semi-finals of the 2018 Australian Open. Overall, he has won two ATP titles and has earned more than $5.7 in prize money. 

Continue Reading

ATP

Grigor Dimitrov Blames Poor Monte Carlo Performance On ‘Big Infection’

The 29-year-old reveals the reason behind his error-stricken performance at the Monte Carlo Country Club on Thursday.

Avatar

Published

on

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov said he simply ‘didn’t play’ in his latest match at the Monte Carlo Masters after winning just two games against Rafael Nadal.

 

The world No.17 fell 6-1, 6-1, to the 20-time Grand Slam champion in less than an hour on Thursday. He won 48% of his first service points and 32% of his second, as he hit 32 unforced errors. A dismal performance from Dimitrov who had beaten Jan-Lennard Struff and Jeremy Chardy earlier in the tournament.

Whilst it was never going to be easy playing somebody of Nadal’s calibre, Dimitrov has revealed that he had been troubled by an issue away from the court. He has been suffering from a ‘big infection’ in his tooth which has had an impact on his preparation for the match.

“I’ve been struggling with a massive tooth problem for the past four or five days,” he said. “I have a big infection in my tooth. It’s been hard. I haven’t been able to sleep well or eat well or anything like that.’
“I was bearing it for a while this whole week.”

It is another case of bad luck for Dimitrov on the Tour this season. At the Australian Open he reached the quarter-finals in what was his best Grand Slam performance since the 2019 US Open. However, in his last eight showdown with Russia’s Aslan Karatsev he was hindered by a back injury.

“It’s straight to the doctor’s, unfortunately,” he commented on his tooth. “Very, very unpleasant moment. It is what it is.’
“At least I’m glad it happened on a home soil so I can go see my dentist and figure this problem as soon as possible.Hopefully it’s not too serious and I’ll be able to come back as soon as possible.”

Speaking in his press conference, Nadal said he ‘felt sorry’ for his opponent who ‘played a bad match.’ During the match the world No.3 wasn’t aware of Dimitrov’s problem but was told about it afterwards.

“I wish him all the best. He’s a great guy, a good friend. I just hope the situation is to improve as soon as possible,” he said.

Nadal, who is seeking a record 12th title in Monte Carlo, will play Russia’s Andrey Rublev next.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending