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)