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Virus concerns causing mental fatigue, says World No.5 Tsitsipas

Virus concerns causing mental fatigue, says World No.5 Tsitsipas
*Image Credit: Michel Euler

World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas says the mental fatigue caused by covid-19 is more of a problem for players than the physical challenges.

Due to the pandemic, the tennis circuit was suspended in March and restarted in August ahead of the US Open in New York.

“I feel good. I don’t feel exhausted, because I have played not that many tournaments this year, so I don’t really have a reason to be exhausted,” Tsitsipas said.

“The part that makes it more tiring than usual is for sure the virus itself and all the things that keep showing up and the changes that are happening. I would say that that’s the biggest challenge that we are facing right now.”

Earlier this year, the 22-year-old won his second title at the Open 13 in Marseille, and reached two other finals.

He also recently took a vacation with NBA’s two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and professional pole vaulter Emmanuel “Manolo” Karalis.

“I think this year my attitude has improved a lot,” Tsitsipas continued.

“And also, my tranquillity and how calm I am on the court have given me a lot of matches and also a lot of confidence in believing in myself when tough situations show up in the match.”

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Meanwhile earlier today, Tsitsipas gave his best but lost to Ugo Humbert 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 7-6(3) at the Rolex Paris Masters.

Mental Wellbeing

Maintaining good mental health during this time of great change is really important for our wellbeing.

  • For confidential support in the US, call Lifeline on  1-800-273-8255
  • For confidential support in Australia, please call Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348
  • For confidential support in Greece, call Klimaka on 1018
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