Stefanos Tsitsipas ATP Tour Finals 2020

Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘very likely’ to have surgery on troubled right elbow

Stefanos Tsitsipas could be out for a while if he takes the likely action to use surgery to help resolve an issue with his elbow that forced his retirement from the ATP Finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas will turn to the same surgeon who operated on Novak Djokovic’s elbow in an effort to fix a problem that has plagued him for some time. The reports from Sky Sport Italy commentators are that the Greek’s team have said, “Stefanos will very likely have to undergo surgery. He was visited by the same doctor who’s treated Djokovic’s elbow”.

The Greek star was forced to retire during the round robin stages of the ATP Finals in Turin as a result of the right elbow. The right handed player said that inflammation of the joint was the cause which he’d been dealing with for some time.

If he does go under the knife then it would put his participation at the 2022 Australian Open in doubt, a tournament he has enjoyed huge success including reaching the semi-final in 2021.

In a Facebook post published after his Paris Masters exit, Tsitsipas said “injuries are our best teachers of how much love we have for a sport, and yesterday I had to exit a match due to inflammation in my elbow that I have been dealing with for some time now.

“I have been silently competing for a few tournaments now and coping with the injury, but at a certain point I need to prioritize my health to have longevity in the sport that is very near to my heart.

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