Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals reasons why he is playing Hamburg Open
Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted he found the transition from clay to grass “very difficult” ahead of his return to action in Hamburg.
The world No. 4 revealed his disappointing Wimbledon campaign is one of the main reasons he decided to play at the ATP 500 clay court tournament this week.
The 22-year-old was upset in the opening round at the All England Club by Frances Tiafoe, just 15 days after he lost to Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.
Tsitsipas will play Dominik Koepfer in the second round in Hamburg – where he is the top seed – today.
“Well look, I didn’t have obviously the best performance in Wimbledon and that is one of the main reasons why I’m here,” the Greek told ATP Tennis TV.
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“Another reason is that I love Hamburg, I love playing here. I’ve been always treated really nice and people have been positive of me being here. So, I like the attitude, I like the way people welcome.
“And clay courts, it is one of my favorite surfaces and I enjoy playing in it. For me, the transitioning from clay to grass was very difficult.
“I didn’t expect it to be so, but I think there are a lot of things that you have to change, switching to grass. One would be technical, tactical – which I didn’t adjust to very quick.
“My game is still capable of having some more clay court action, and I think that it would be [my] last tournament of the season [on clay], here in Hamburg.”
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