Stefanos Tsitsipas news: Greek looking forward to defending Monte Carlo crown

Returning to the Monte-Carlo Country Club this week, the defending champion expressed his confidence and excitement.

Stefanos Tsitsipas in a file photo. (Credit: Twitter/@atptour)

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world No. 5, made history at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters last year, winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title on clay. Returning to the Monte-Carlo Country Club this week, the Greek expressed his confidence and excitement at the prospect of playing in front of a partisan crowd in order to defend his title.

“[I am] feeling great,” Tsitsipas said in his pre-tournament press conference on Sunday. “Starting with the tournament here in Monte-Carlo, it feels [like] home for me to play on this court and having the opportunity this year to play in front of people and a massive crowd coming from both Italy and France.”

“I have some supporters in Monaco. I have family here. It’s great sharing this with them and getting good weather hopefully all week long and a good series of tennis matches,” the Greek added.

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In 2021, Tsitsipas had a successful clay-court season. Along with his victory in Monte Carlo, the 23-year-old also won in Lyon and advanced to the final of Roland Garros, where he was defeated in five sets by Novak Djokovic. However, the 23-year-old remains focused on winning his first title of the season, with his best performance this season coming in Rotterdam, where he advanced to the championship match.

Djokovic motivated ahead of Monte Carlo Masters

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has said that he feels motivated and ready to take on the world’s best in the upcoming Monte Carlo Masters. The competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world and 2022 will be the 125th year since its inception. The Serbian has not competed in competitive tennis for quite a while and he feels that Monaco would be the perfect place to start his clay season for the year. A precursor to the French Open, Monte Carlo Masters has always been the competition where the world’s best test themselves and prepare for the Grand Slam. That is exactly what Djokovic wants to do as well.

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“I still feel motivated to be on the Tour and compete with young guys and try to challenge the best players in the world for the biggest titles,” Djokovic said. “I’m very pleased to be here and Monaco has been home for over ten years. I have been eagerly waiting for the moment when I will be out competing again, so this is the best place where I could possibly start.”




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