ATP Miami – Tsitsipas unhappy with the balls on the circuit: “I think my injury comes from there”

Since his final in Melbourne, he has been (almost) missing. However, Stefanos Tsitsipas played in Rotterdam and Indian Wells but won only one match in two tournaments, being knocked out each time in the 2nd round. It must be said that before going to California, the world number 3 had skipped the ATP 500 in Acapulco due to a shoulder injury. He therefore did not present himself in optimal conditions to play the first Masters 1000 of the year, as he confirmed during the pre-tournament “media day” on Tuesday in Miami.

I hope to play pain free and show something different from what I did in Indian Wells. I suffered a lot in this tournament, it was not easy to be on the court and in a way I was forced to. In fact, I didn’t want to play. There are certain ATP rules (Masters 1000 mandatory, Editor’s note) who force you to play these big events and I’m not a player who likes to give up after a few plays. I hope I could take a little more pleasure, have a little more fun here and not think about my arm too much. Luckily I feel better now“, he confided in particular to the Greek press.

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Balls should stay the same in most tournaments

But Tsitsipas did not stop there. In addition to giving news of his state of form, he returned to the origin of his recent small physical glitches. And if he could not be formal and definitive on their root cause as high-level sport puts a strain on the bodies of athletes, the world number 3 has had his own idea on the subject.

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I think the biggest problem on the circuit this year is the constant change of balls. We talk about it between players. Balls should stay the same in most tournaments, especially on hard courts. It benefits us all and protects us from injury. At the beginning of the year, other players noticed that the balls put a lot of strain on the shoulders, wrists and arm in general. I think that’s where my hurt comes from“, he considered.

During the last Australian Open, Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal had in particular criticized the Dunlop balls which took less effect according to them and lacked liveliness. More generally, the trend has been towards the use of heavier balls for months or even years and some players seem to have suffered from this recently. Holger Rune suffered wrist pain in February, Sebastian Korda has not played on his side since his retirement in the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the same reasons.

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