Tsitsipas: “I’m not surprised by the absences in Miami”


In the last press conference for this year in Acapulco, Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke about the final against Alexander Zverev, gave his account of the week, while he also commented on the many absences from Miami, which he said were not surprising because of the conditions there.

Several players will be absent from the first Masters of 2021, which will start next week, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem. Tsitsipas said he was not surprised by these absences, saying that there has been talk about Miami this year and the restrictions there, and that he does not have high expectations for the tournament either.

“Honestly, I like the Miami tournament, but this year I don’t think it’s going to be as good as other years or as good as the Acapulco tournament was this week. I have a hard time believing it. I’m going there with low expectations and I’m not expecting much from the tournament itself. The system is different. I like competing in Miami, but I’ve heard some things going on there that probably explain the players’ absences. I don’t want to talk more about it, but I wasn’t surprised by the absences.”

Of the final against Zverev and his account of the week, Tsitsipas said: “I take a lot of positives from this week, I played at a very good level. I was close to the title once again, but it wasn’t meant to be. I wouldn’t say I choked, I played well, the court was quite slow today, that seemed to suit him. I’m happy nonetheless, I’ll go to Miami with more confidence. I was a little sad before I came here, but I’m happy and relieved because I was refreshed here and had a good run to the final.”

On his main goal from now on, Stefanos was succinct: “To win an ATP 500 title.”

On the end of the second set, where the crowd support was bigger than ever and an entire stadium started chanting his name, he said: “I think it helped me along some lines and he didn’t like it much when it started. If I’m not mistaken I had a set point and I was close to winning the set. There I was expecting them to do the same, it didn’t happen, it’s okay, it’s not something you can control. It would have put more pressure on him.

I definitely have things to improve my game. There were also things that worked in our previous matches (against Zverev) and strategies that I didn’t get a chance to try today and I didn’t feel comfortable doing it. It’s been a good run, I’ve been in a bad mood the last few weeks and this week has refreshed me. It’s hard to be in indoor tournaments, in countries without much sun, without people and with the same routine. This week gave me a different taste.”