INDIAN WELLS: The pain in Stefanos Tsitsipas's elbow was so bad last year that he contemplated walking away from tennis completely but after successful surgery, he said he is now ready to make a run at Indian Wells.
Stefanos Tsitsipas reflects on a very difficult period, prior to his elbow surgery: "I didn’t think back then that anyone would be able to help me heal and get back to where I wanted. So it was a very difficult moment that I had to go through and I was in a terrible place."
"I remember being at the Nitto ATP Finals a few days before the surgery and I was thinking of quitting. I didn't think back then that anyone would be able to help me heal and get back to where I wanted.
"It was a very difficult moment that I had to go through. I was in a very bad place."
He is in a much better place now and said his goals for this 2022 are to stay healthy and motivated after he was neither last year.
"I wasn't able to stay motivated because I didn't believe in myself. My body was stopping me from going there. It was very sad to feel helpless. I felt weak and I felt unable to reach new heights," he said.
"So I want to be consistent and feel good about myself this year."
Tsitsipas's aggressive baseline game translates well on the hard courts in the Southern California desert and he said winning the Masters 1000 tournament would be a big step toward his ultimate goals.
"Winning here would give me a massive amount of confidence to win Grand Slam titles," he said.