Tsitsipas was not disappointed in his quick exit at Indian Wells

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is no longer bothered by defeat after battling a severe elbow pain last season. He said this after being knocked out earlier than the ATP Masters at Indian Wells.

Tsitsipas said competing in high-level tournaments on the tennis court was his « biggest joy. »

The world number five started quickly against American Jenson Brooksby in the third round of the tournament on Tuesday (15/3) WIB, before losing 1-6, 6-3 and 6-2.

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The pain in Tsitsipas’ elbow was so severe last year that the French Open runner-up had considered hanging up his racket. However, after a successful operation, he will return to play in 2022.

« To be honest, I’m not too frustrated, » Tsitsipas said after his loss.

« My arm is fine. I’m happy I’m playing on the court. I’m happy I’m competing. »

« I am motivated. I want to achieve something this year. I will try where I can. »

« I really hope I can do well in big tournaments. But of course with the things I had before, I’m much more appreciative. I don’t see any negative side, » he added.

Tsitsipas previously said his doctors were surprised he had recovered from surgery late last year so quickly.

In 2022, the 23-year-old reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, and also reached the final in Rotterdam last month.

« There’s a side where I’m playing, it’s much better than I ever thought it would be, » said Tsitsipas, concluding his 2022 season so far.

« The fact that I played on the pitch, it gave me the greatest happiness and joy for a very long time, after suffering from chronic elbow problems. » (Ant/OL-1)