Stefanos Tsitsipas withdraws and apologizes

Stefanos Tsitsipas retired against Holger Rune at the ATP Finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from the ATP Finals for the second time within three years due to a back injury. Stefanos lost to Jannik Sinner and retired against Holger Rune after three games, not risking more serious issues ahead of the new season.

Tsitsipas apologized to the fans and the first alternate (Hubert Hurkacz) for not skipping the second match. The Greek stayed in touch with doctors and decided to play. However, he felt badly right from the warm-up, knowing he could not finish the duel.

Stefanos felt the back pain in Shanghai, playing better in the following weeks but heading to Turin with discomfort. He survived the first match against Sinner but could not endure another effort against Rune, staying on the court for only 17 minutes.

Tsitsipas spoke about a lengthy season and challenging duels, admitting he feels overloaded. Stefanos made a positive start against Holger and created a break chance in the first game. The 20-year-old saved it with a smash winner and denied the second with a powerful serve, avoiding an early setback.

Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from the ATP Finals in Turin due to a back injury.
Tsitsipas squandered a game point in game two with a loose forehand before holding with an unreturned serve for 1-1. Rune landed an ace in the third game and clinched it with a service winner, moving 2-1 in front.

Struggling with his movement and feeling exhausted, Stefanos called for a medical timeout and retired after speaking with a doctor, ending his campaign at the premium ATP event without facing world no. 1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday.

“My apologies to all the fans who came today. I’m gutted that I was not able to finish. It’s also a shame not to give someone else that spot to try and do something with it. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from the ATP Finals for the second time.

It does not happen to me that often, and I had to do it two times at this event. This tournament means a lot to me, and it’s a shame I could not compete how I wanted. The Tour is very demanding. We play many matches during the year at a very high level and intensity.

Only a couple of encounters during the season are easy, as you do not win a match 6-2, 6-1 too often. We do not have time to rest appropriately and prepare for significant events. I have pushed myself to the limits while chasing the ranking points.

The injury combines a lack of rest and far from ideal preparation; I’m overloaded,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said.

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