Stefanos Tsitsipas back home and ready to go to Monte-Carlo | ATP tour

World number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas broke new ground at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters last year when he clinched his first ATP Masters 1000 title in the clay-court event.

Back at the Monte-Carlo Country Club this week, the Greek revealed he felt confident and excited about playing in front of a supportive crowd as he aims to retain his title.

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

“I have supporters in Monaco. I have family here. It’s great to share that with them and hopefully have good weather all week and a good run of tennis matches.

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Tsitsipas enjoyed a strong clay-court season in 2021. Alongside his victory in Monte Carlo, the 23-year-old triumphed in Lyon and advanced to the Roland Garros final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets.

However, the 23-year-old is still aiming to win his first title of the season, with his best result this year in Rotterdam, where he flew out for the league game.

In preparation for his opening clash in Monte Carlo against 2019 champion Fabio Fognini or Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, Tsitsipas met former world number 3 Stan Wawrinka, who is taking part in his first tour-level event since March 2021. .

On Wawrinka’s return, Tsitsipas was full of praise saying, “Having practiced with Stan in the past, he can play good tennis. On his best days, he’s someone who can step onto the court. and do a lot of good things all over the pitch.

Tsitsipas arrives in Monte Carlo after competing in both hard-court Masters 1000 tournaments in March, advancing to the third round in Indian Wells and the fourth round in Miami.

While the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals title slate enjoyed competing hard in America, he is looking forward to playing on clay again.

“I like the transition from hard to clay,” added Tsitsipas. “I like going from hard courts to clay courts. I always like to come back to the academy where I train, change my shoes and go back to clay. It’s a good feeling.

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