Stefanos Tsitsipas is the man of the moment. The 20-year-old reaches his 2nd back to back final in Madrid just 1 week after winning the title in Estoril playing a tremendous amount of tennis.
In fact, Stefanos decided to compete also in doubles in Madrid to honor a promise that he made to Wesley Koolhof after they reached the final in Miami. However, that means that the Greek Sensation played 12 competitive matches in 11 days, and that is really a lot.
Why Tsitsipas is playing doubles
During a press conference in Madrid, The Greek commented
“I made a promise after I did well in Miami. I made a promise that I’m going to play all the Masters 1000 series events in doubles. That is the only – these are the only tournaments that I’ll play doubles at, no Grand Slams, no 500s or 250s.
So I have to commit, but also, as you said, like fatigue is also important, and it’s going to play a huge role before the French Open
I’m going to try to adapt to that as I mentioned previously. I feel like much fitter than last year and I don’t think last year I could handle all of this.
So I have seen a massive improvement in my fitness. I will have a week before the French where I can relax and have a few days off and start again and reboot.
I love playing, you know [smiling]. It is nice to have some doubles on clay. People find it difficult, but I think it’s helped me a lot also in my singles, my volleys have improved actually by playing doubles. I feel much more confident coming to the net. So they are the small things that doubles have provided to me.”
Stefanos will also compete in doubles in Rome where he will face Shapovalov and Verdasco in the first round.
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