LONDON – Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke about the challenge of living in a COVID-19 ‘bubble’ and lost motivation when the Greek withdrew early from the Wimbledon men’s singles on Monday.
The French Open finalist also acknowledged that a lack of pre-tournament preparation on the grass had been a factor and his American opponent Frances Tiafoe had simply played a better game.
“The bubble makes it really exhausting week after week,” Tsitsipas told reporters when asked why he felt less motivated than on other occasions.
“Tell me if it’s surprising, but I feel like everyone already knows.
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American Frances Tiafoe, 23, defeats No. 3 seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in #Wimbledon
This is Tiafoe’s first win over a top 5 player 😤 pic.twitter.com/ipmSTzhirw
– ESPN (@espn) June 28, 2021
“It certainly is very difficult when you know mentally that you are going to go through a bubble, to be in that bubble for two and a half weeks or maybe even longer than that, like about a month, like two weeks later you still have to undergo the same. procedure and again the same.
“It just isn’t easy. It is already a challenge in itself, ”he added.
Players will be staying at a central London hotel as part of a protective bubble to minimize the risks of COVID-19 infections.
There are also protocols to observe when they arrive at Wimbledon.
Tsitsipas, who also lost in the first round the last time he played at Wimbledon in 2019, said that “there have been times when I was much more motivated than this,” but added that there is no reason not to play well.
He said the transition from clay to grass was one of the biggest challenges in the sport and it had taken him too long to adjust.
“My opponent played much better, significantly better, than me. He didn’t have the momentum that I expected. There wasn’t the same fighting spirit that he used to put on the court,” he said.
“Of course I would like to see a different me next time. There is always a next time. That is good. “
Tsitsipas, 22, said he still intended to compete in the Tokyo Olympics next month.
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