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Stefanos Tsitsipas French Open 2022

Stefanos Tsitsipas accepts Mallorca wildcard in final bid for Wimbledon prep

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In order to ramp up his preparations for Wimbledon and gain more match practice on grass, Stefanos Tsitsipas has accepted a wild card entry into the ATP 250 event in Mallorca. 

Tsitsipas has struggled for form so far during the grass-court swing as the Greek is yet to string together back-to-back wins on grass, having suffered second match defeats in both Stuttgart and Halle.

The Greek star beat Dominic Stricker in the opening round in Stuttgart but fell in the Round of 16 to eventual finalist Andy Murray.

The following week, Tsitsipas tried his luck in Halle but after a three-set victory over Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, he was upstaged by Nick Kyrgios to leave him 2-2 on grass for the season.

This year signals a change in tactics from Tsitsipas, who is set to make his debut at the ATP 250 event.

The world number six played just one match on grass in 2021, at Wimbledon, but has already played four matches on the surface this year across the event’s in Germany.

He is now set to add to that tally as the Greek accepted a wild card entry into the Mallorca Tennis championships – which serves as the final ATP Tour-level preparation for the year’s third Grand Slam – alongside Eastbourne in London.

Mallorca’s field has been bolstered by the UK ban on Russian players entering the events at Queen’s and Eastbourne.

This means that the World number one Daniil Medvedev will be in the field in Spain alongside other high profile names including Denis Shapovalov and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Interestingly, with Tsitsipas’ entry into the tournament in Spain, it raises the possibility of a rematch with Nick Kyrgios.

The pair played out an enthralling second-round encounter in Halle on Wednesday, with the Australian prevailing in three sets.

 

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