Tsitsipas' Barcelona Open Participation In Doubt As Father Sheds Light On Schedule

Tsitsipas' Barcelona Open Participation In Doubt As Father Sheds Light On Schedule

by Zachary Wimer

Stefanos Tsitsipas signed up to play at the 2024 Barcelona Open, but his father, Apostolos, let it slip that he might not play at the event.

The clay season started recently and the Greek player played his first event at the Monte-Carlo Masters. It's been historically a great event for him and it turned out that way once more as he lifted the trophy on Sunday after beating Casper Ruud in the final.

His next event was supposed to be the Barcelona Open, which is a pretty significant ATP 500 tournament, which generally features really strong draws. He loves to play there, judging by his results (two finals), and comes back each year.

This year might be a bit different, as his father let it slip that he might not play. Apostolos Tsitsipas is his father and his coach, so he has a certain involvement in the decision, and a long week in Monte Carlo certainly makes skipping the event worth considering.

He might play at the event because he'll likely skip over the Madrid Open, at least judging by what his father said during the press conference after his son's triumph in Monte Carlo.

The event wasn't the best for Tsitsipas in the past because the conditions there were quite fast, which is not how he likes it. Eventually, there will be an internal evaluation, and then they'll decide whether to play.

"Yes, for sure is still long clay season preparation. If his body is well and we'll evaluate tonight, and then he will play Barcelona in the coming week. Then we have the Masters in Rome and then it's Roland Garros. Shows that he's in a good way. His preparation was already saw some results. It's hopefully going to be fresh and go to Roland Garros with the best possible performance."


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