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Stefanos Tsitsipas' former coach bashes Greek star for 'non-tennis' priorities and work ethics

Published at :June 15, 2024 at 7:02 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Stefanos Tsitsipas has parted ways with his fitness coach, Christos Fiotakis.

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ former fitness coach, Christos Fiotakis, has questioned the Greek tennis star’s work ethic and stated that winning a Grand Slam is not his priority.

Two-time Grand Slam runners-up Stefanos Tsitsipas is currently 11th in the ATP rankings. He started his clay season with the Monte Carlo Masters title in April, defeating Casper Ruud in the final. He also reached the final of the ATP 500 Barcelona Open, where he lost against the Norwegian tennis star.

However, Tsitsipas’ struggles with consistency have been a major problem in his still young career. Consequentially, as per SDNA, Tsitsipas has parted ways with his former conditioning and fitness coach, Christos Fiotakis. He joined the Greek tennis star’s camp a few years ago and Fiotakis was also supposed to guide Tsitsipas at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

However, that won’t happen, as the two parties have decided to split. Christos Fiotakis said, “I was really looking forward to the Olympics in Paris because I thought that would be the moment when we could bring the gold, which we didn’t do in Tokyo, due to bad luck and some strange circumstances.”

Fiotakis later stated that Stefanos Tsitsipas has other priorities, and as a result, he’s not satisfied with the 25-year-old’s work ethic. He added, “As I said, however, we have other priorities, and I am not satisfied with Stefanos’ work ethics. Right now, I don’t think his ultimate focus is on playing tennis and getting to the top of the rankings or winning Grand Slams.”

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The Greek star’s now former coach also pointed out personal problems, saying, “So that’s why I too can’t travel for seven months straight, with only 25 days at home, when the goals are not high and I’m travelling just to travel. I have enough work at home, and I prefer to distribute my energy to different people in my daily life, make them fitter and achieve what they want, without stress.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas last played at the 2024 French Open, where eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz eliminated him in the quarterfinals. In addition to that, it was his sixth consecutive defeat against the Spaniard, and he’s yet to win a match against the three-time Grand Slam champion. Alcaraz and Tsitsipas’ last four meetings have been on clay, and the Greek has failed to win a single set.

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