Stefanos Tsitsipas Wimbledon 2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas insists: ‘I love grass, probably more than clay’ ahead of Wimbledon

Stefanos Tsitsipas is feeling confident in his grass court game after securing a maiden grass title in Mallorca this week. 

Moreover, the world number six has fared well on the grass generally in 2022, improving his tour record on the surface from 8-8 to 14-10 in the space of just a few weeks.

As such, Tennishead asked the Greek superstar if he has surprised himself at all with his apparent rapid improvement on grass ahead of Wimbledon.

He responded: “People kind of doubted that I can play on grass.

“I never doubted myself.

“I said – I insisted, in fact – that I can play on this surface, and it remains one of my favourite surfaces that tennis has to offer.

“I guess I proved myself last week that it’s not a surface that I don’t like.

“I like playing on grass, probably more than on clay.”

Tsitsipas played just one grass court match in a terrible personal swing on the surface  last year, losing in the first round of Wimbledon to Frances Tiafoe.

But this year not only is the 23-year-old looking to change that trajectory, but he has been eager to get as much match play on the lawns as possible.

He added: “[This year] I said I want to play as many tournaments on this surface as possible.

“I love playing on these courts, I love the serve-and-volley game, coming in as much as I can, slicing, attacking.

“This feels right.

“We should go and play all three events before Wimbledon, so I did.

“Obviously I had a good run in Mallorca, but we’re just on a different phase now.

“Something new is about to start.”

That new start will come against Swiss qualifier and world number 192 Alexander Ritschard in the opening round of Wimbledon.

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