Stefanos Tsitsipas has toned down his humble brags about how far he can go in the game, with the Greek keeping a low profile heading into this month’s ATP Finals.
While he stands a comfortable sixth on the rankings after briefly touching fifth in his career, the 22-year-old has backed off of the big talk which came naturally to him a year ago after winning the eight-man London title.
At the time, he predicted: “I believe I’m really close to being crowned a Grand Slam champion. I know these are strong words that I say, but I do feel like I belong there.”
But Tsitsipas was quickly brought down to reality barely two months later with an Australian Open third-round exit, although he did redeem himself with a Marseille title and a final in February against Novak Djokovic in Dubai before tennis shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent months since the resumption in August have been hit or miss, with the player reaching the Hamburg final and the Roland Garros semis.
Now, with London beckoning from November 15, Tsitsipas is starting to walk back his previous aggrandising comments.
“Looking back to that, I think this was too big of a statement to be taken seriously,” he told the Tennis Majors. “I shouldn’t be looking so far so soon.
“For sure, I want it to come, but I should be talking about stuff like this less often and concentrate on the present.
“I guess I just put too much pressure on myself, aiming so high, and I just have to take it step by step.”
Main photo:-Stefanos Tsitsipas lost in third round of Australian Open 2020. by Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd