World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas addressed his 2021 French Open defeat, saying he has moved on from it.
Tsitsipas came within an inch of winning his maiden Grand Slam in France when he was cruising in the match. However, he blew the opportunity to win and bottled a two-set lead to his opponent Novak Djokovic.
It was heartbreak for the Greek player, who hasn’t come as close since then. Even today, fans discuss his painful loss and sympathise with him.
As a result, Tsitsipas addressed his French Open defeat, saying he was determined to put it behind him and venture forward.
“I have completely forgotten about my Roland Garros final,” he said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“It is a good achievement but I don’t want to be the guy that holds a runner-up trophy. I wanna be more than that.”
“I think I’m able to play on all surfaces. I don’t want the one that can play good only on one surface,” the player continued.
“I’m capable of playing equally well on all of them and produce points on all surfaces ATP offers during the season.
“How do I see the future of tennis? I didn’t know I am a prophet (laughs). I see the future of tennis having a top 6 or a top 8.
“Top eight guys competing for Grand Slams titles. I see a lot of hype and evolutions in sense of concept and rebrand of our sport.”
Tsitsipas was drawn against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round of the Rotterdam. He commented on the prospects of the match, saying it will be a challenge.
“Few days of practice will help me to adjust my tennis to indoor conditions,” he said.
“Davidovich Fokina has done good results, has not reach his full potential, but is a strong opponent as I know from our match in Monte Carlo.”