Doubts Surrounding Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Motivation: Former Trainer Questions Work Ethic

Doubts Surrounding Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Motivation: Former Trainer Questions Work Ethic

Aurélie Sacchelli, Media365, published on Saturday June 15, 2024 at 4:56 p.m.

Christos Fiotakis, Stefanos Tsitsipas’ physical trainer since the start of the season, resigned after Roland-Garros. In the columns of a Greek newspaper, he notably questioned the motivation of the world No. 11.

Winner of the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo then finalist in Barcelona the following week, Stefanos Tsitsipas had an almost perfect start to the season on clay, which he did not manage to confirm afterwards, losing from the start game in Madrid (against Monteiro), then in the quarter-finals in Rome (against Jarry) and at Roland-Garros (against Alcaraz). Now world No. 11, the Greek player no longer seems as close to winning a Grand Slam tournament as he was two or three years ago. And while he will celebrate his 26th birthday in August, some are seriously starting to doubt his abilities to compete with players like Jannik Sinner or Carlos Alcaraz. This week, his former physical trainer Christos Fiotakis, who was at his side since the start of the season before leaving his position after Roland-Garros, notably questioned the motivation of the Greek player, in the columns of his country’s newspaper, SDNA Sports.

“I’m not happy with his work ethic”

“I was really looking forward to the Paris Games because I thought that would be the moment when we could have won gold, which we had not done in Tokyo (elimination in the round of 16 by Ugo Humbert, editor’s note) due to strange circumstances and some bad luck. But like I said, we have different priorities and I’m not happy with Stefanos’ work ethic. Right now, I don’t think his top priority is playing tennis, getting to the top of the rankings and winning Grand Slams. That’s why I can’t travel for seven months straight with only 25 days at home, when the goals aren’t high and I’m traveling just to travel,” Fiotakis said.
“I hope he understands that what I tell him is correct”
The physical trainer, perhaps disconcerted by Stefanos Tsitsipas’ relationships with his partner Paula Badosa (who have already separated and then reconciled several times) and with his father, was not satisfied with the working atmosphere around him. Former world No. 3: “There are things I can’t control. The atmosphere in the team does not match my energy and, unfortunately, we do not have the same priorities. However, I wish him the best and that he always stays in good physical shape. I’m grateful for the experience I had with the team, I think I gave them a lot. But I also learned a lot through these seven intense months spent on the circuit alongside such a high-level athlete. I hope that at some point he will understand that what I am telling him is correct and that he will climb to the first step of the podium.” Relegated to nearly 6,000 points behind Jannik Sinner, Stefanos Tsitipas still seems to be very far away…

2024-06-15 14:56:00
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