Stefanos Tsitsipas, who recently underwent elbow surgery, is beginning the recovery process in order to be able to participate in the Australia Open, a tournament in which he has enjoyed huge success, including reaching the semi-finals in 2021.
The world’s No. 4 tennis player posted a photo of himself in his the hospital bed reading the No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller: “The Comfort Book,” a collection of consolations learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad days better, by author Matt Haig.
Tsitsipas, who often cites quotes from himself and noted philosophers, wrote on Twitter: “I used to think the quiet patches felt dead. Now they feel more alive. Like leaning over and listening to the earth’s heartbeat.”
Earlier he said on Facebook that he is “focused on a healthier and happier future. Next stop, pre-season in Dubai two weeks from now and then looking forward to Australia.”
Tsitsipas had an elbow surgery already.
"Next stop, pre-season in Dubai two weeks from now and then looking forward to Australia."
It looks like it's not too serious. pic.twitter.com/HSrUjqwoeh
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) November 25, 2021
Tsitsipas forced to pull out of ATP Finals
Before his surgery, Tsitsipas finally agreed to get his vaccination against Covid-19. A huge public and social media row took place last August, when Tsitsipas revealed in an interview that he was not yet vaccinated. “No one has made it a mandatory thing to be vaccinated. At some point I will have to, I’m pretty sure about it. But so far it hasn’t been mandatory to compete, so I haven’t done it, no,” he said.
The Greek star was forced to pull out during the early stages of the ATP Finals in Turin as a result of the right elbow. The right-handed player said that inflammation in the joint was the cause, which he’d been dealing with for some time.
In a Facebook post published after his Paris Masters exit, Tsitsipas said “injuries are our best teachers of how much love we have for a sport, and yesterday I had to exit a match due to inflammation in my elbow that I have been dealing with for some time now.
“I have been silently competing for a few tournaments now and coping with the injury, but at a certain point, I need to prioritize my health to have longevity in the sport that is very near to my heart.”
Tsitsipas has had another solid year in 2021. He claimed his first Masters 1000 event by easily moving past Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo’s final and he also gave Novak Djokovic a run for his money in the Roland Garros final — when he soared to two sets to nothing lead.
Although he struggled to tie wins together in the last quarter of the season and took a few hard-hitting losses, he’s focused on what’s ahead of him and will gear up for the 2022 season in Dubai.