Stefanos Tsitsipas Australian Open 2022

Stefanos Tsitsipas sighted with potential new coach who may replace father

Stefanos Tsitsipas has been pictured with Thomas Enqvist during a practice session before the Rotterdam Open, leading many to believe he may be replacing his father as his coach for the first time in his career.

Ahead of the first ATP 500 event of the year, the Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands, Tsitsipas was seen receiving guidance from Swedish 1999 Australian Open finalist Enqvist.

The duo have developed an amicable relationship ever since Enqvist was vice-captain of Tsitsipas’ Team Europe.

It remains unclear whether this appointment would be a temporary or a permanent arrangement or whether it means Tsitsipas’ father Apostolos will be removed from his role as coach.

The move may have been inspired by the heavy backlash following constant coaching violations.

Tsitsipas has angered multiple of his fellow tour professionals, with a main grievance regarding the constant coaching from his father Apostolos.

This was most evident in his Australian Open semi-final defeat to US Open champion Daniil Medvedev. World number two Medvedev exploded into a vicious tirade towards the chair umpire after he was angered Tsitsipas wasn’t given a coaching violation.

The Greek has since revealed he has spoken to his father about such coaching multiple times, but says the requests fell on deaf ears.

Tsitsipas said “I’ve talked to him about it. I’ve tried, spent countless hours trying to figure it out with him, but it’s part of him.

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep receiving coaching violations, even though I will never listen to any single thing he says.

“But it’s fine, they can do that if they want if they believe it’s right.

“That was also one of the reasons last year I went out publicly on one of my social media platforms and said that I think coaching should be allowed, simply because coaches do it anyways.”

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.