The Greek has set his goals for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has had his share of ups and downs in 2019; The Greek struggled in his last two majors, falling in the first round of Wimbledon and the US Open. But Tsitsipas still has lots to look forward to in 2019. He’s likely headed to his first ATP Finals appearance in November, as he is ranked sixth in the ATP Race to London standings. But Tsitsipas doesn't want to crawl into London–he wants to come in on a high. The Greek told the ITF that he has lofty goals for the remainder of the 2019 campaign.
“It’s been a great year, it’s not over yet—there’s plenty of tennis ahead,” The World No.7 told the ITF while playing Davis Cup this week in Athens, Greece. “I’m really happy with my performance so far. There have been some ups and downs, but I’m trying to figure a few things out and not make the same mistakes over and over again.”
Tsitsipas, who helped guide Greece to March’s Davis Cup Group II play-offs told reporters in New York that he was having trouble finding inspiration, and he elaborated on those feelings again in this interview with Reem Abulleil.
“I would describe it as not feeling [myself] when I’m on the court,” he said. “That drive that you have when you are out there, wanting to give your every best shot that you have. Not being able to because simply, you don’t have that spark in you. I’m trying to recreate that and bring it back to my game. [I am trying to] declutter and become fresh and new again.”
Tsitsipas, who learned this week that Greece has qualified for next January’s ATP Cup, says he has a firm idea of what he’d like to accomplish by the end of the season.
“I really want to win a Masters by the end of the year,” he said. “That’s a great thing to have in your trophy list. I’m really planning on doing something soon to get there. I really want to finish the year in the Top 8 so I can make the Nitto ATP Finals and have a good, strong finish to the year in London.”
Tsitsipas, who reached the semifinals at this year’s Australian Open, owns a 37-19 record on the season with two titles in Marseille and Estoril.
If you’re wondering why Tsitsipas has been missing from social media over the last week, it’s all part of the Greek’s plan to re-center himself and his game. He says he has elected to shut it down for a period to remove the stress keep his mind focused on his tennis.
“It seems like it’s working,” says Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas will next been seen at the Laver Cup next week in Geneva, where he will join Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on Team Europe against Team World.
“For me personally it’s like a dream come true to be part of this incredible team, with Roger and Rafa, who I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid, along with Dom [Dominic Thiem], Sascha [Zverev] and Fabio [Fognini].
Tsitsipas on Laver Cup: “I am proud of myself for being invited. Playing in a team with Roger and Rafa is a dream come true. It will be fun spending time with them and I believe they will give me some advice”.
— Vicky Georgatou (@VGeorgatou) September 14, 2019
The three-day event kicks off on Friday September 20 in Geneva.