Stefanos Tsitsipas will be hoping to put behind his disappointing performance in the ATP Cup going into the Australian Open. The Greek only managed one win in the entire tournament. His lone win was against the misfiring Alexander Zverev, whom he beat 6-1,6-4.
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The 21-year-old ended his campaign at the ATP Cup with a loss to Nick Kyrgios. He lost all the three sets to the Australian. Besides, it was a game full of intense emotions that seriously affected Stefanos Tsitsipas. He hit his father, Apostolos Tsitsipas, with a racquet on his forearm. The incident happened after the Greek lost his first set; hence out of frustration slammed the racquet into the bench, clipping his dad accidentally.
However, the youngster insisted that he was satisfied with his performance at the tournament. He is aiming to come back stronger in the upcoming Australian Open. Already he has hit the ground running by taking part in intense training at the beach in Gold Coast, Queensland.
Stefanos Tsitsipas hits the ground running ahead of the Australian Open
Tsitsipas uploaded a photo on his Instagram of him in Queensland at the beach training. Besides, videos of him training at the coast also surfaced online. This is just a confirmation of how this Greek tennis sensation is committed to winning a Grand Slam title in the 2020 tennis season. According to Reuters, Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that a Grand Slam title win is one of his priorities this year. He believes that this will be one of the ways of showing readiness for taking over from the old tennis regime made up of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer.
“My goals for next year would be to win a Grand Slam title, finish the year in the top three, make the ATP World Finals again, and win a Masters 1000 event,” he said.
Stefanos Tsitsipas to make amends with his parents
Nevertheless, before the Australian Open, Tsitsipas will hope to have already gotten in good books with his parents. In fact, after the incident, he highlighted some of the likely punishment from his dad. He was responding to a question on whether he might be in great trouble.
“Yeah, maybe I’ll stay in my room for three days grounded by my father,” he admitted. For him, he has already set plans on enhancing his game. He will be participating in the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.6, Tsitsipas played his last match on the 7th of January when he had to bow to Nick Kyrgios 7-67 6-73 7-65 in the round robin in the ATP Cup.