COVID-19 bubble makes it actually tiring, says overwhelmed Tsitsipas


Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas looks dejected as he waves after losing his first round match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas appears dejected as he waves after shedding his first spherical match in opposition to Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON—Overwhelmed third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke of the problem of dwelling in a COVID-19 ‘bubble’ and misplaced motivation because the Greek made a shock early exit from the Wimbledon males’s singles on Monday.

The French Open finalist recognised additionally {that a} lack of pre-tournament preparation on grass had been an element and his unseeded American opponent Frances Tiafoe had merely performed a greater recreation.

“The bubble makes it actually tiring week by week,” Tsitsipas informed reporters when requested why he felt much less motivated than on different events.

“Inform me if it’s one thing shocking, however I really feel everybody is aware of that already.

“It’s definitely very troublesome when you already know mentally you’re going to go from one bubble, being in that bubble two and a half weeks or perhaps much more than that, like near a month, similar to two weeks later you continue to must endure the identical process and the identical factor once more.

“It’s simply not simple. It’s a problem by itself already,” he added.

Gamers are staying in a central London lodge as a part of a protecting bubble to reduce the dangers of COVID-19 infections.

There are additionally protocols to watch once they arrive at Wimbledon.

Tsitsipas, who additionally misplaced within the first spherical final time he performed at Wimbledon in 2019, mentioned “there have been occasions that I used to be far more motivated than this” however added that was no motive to not play nicely.

He mentioned the transition from clay to grass was one of many greatest challenges within the sport and it had taken him too lengthy to adapt.

“My opponent performed a lot better, considerably higher, than me. There wasn’t the drive that I hoped for. There wasn’t that very same combating spirit that I normally put out on the court docket,” he mentioned.

“After all I want to see a special me subsequent time. There’s all the time a subsequent time. That’s an excellent factor.”

The 22-year-old Tsitsipas mentioned he nonetheless supposed to compete at subsequent month’s Tokyo Olympics.


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