Stefanos Tsitsipas conceded that he is not capable of going deep at Indian Wells as he is still recovering from a shoulder injury.
By India Today Sports Desk: World number three Stefanos Tsitsipas conceded that he is not capable of going deep at Indian Wells as he is still recovering from a shoulder injury.
Tsitsipas, who sustained the injury earlier this season, said that his main priority is getting his body ready for the clay court swing.
“I am still in recovery and I won’t be pretending … that I have chances of doing well in these next two tournaments, because that would be wrong,” Tsitsipas said.
“I haven’t said it a lot of times in my career but I don’t think I will be capable of going deep. The main priority is getting my body ready and fixed for the clay court swing.”
When asked why he did not pull out of the Masters 1000 events – Indian Wells and Miami Open, Tsitsipas said that he felt compelled to participate. “I made a deal with myself that I will not be skipping the next two events,” Tsitsipas said.
Tsitsipas started the 2023 year on a high as he reached the Australian Open finals but said that he suffered a shoulder injury soon after leaving Melbourne. The injury forced the Greek man to withdraw from the tournament in Acapulco last month.
“I need to take my time and have the right medical team by my side to help me recover to the fullest and not have complications like this in the future,” Tsitsipas said.
“When you are dealing with situations like this, the only thing you wish to yourself is to have a career that’s healthy, where you can go out on the court and give it your all without any repercussions.
“We’ve seen it with some champions like Rafa Nadal who have been struggling with injuries for a long time but are still able to play at a pretty good level.”