The greek table tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas had to leave the game before the second-round match due to his arm injury. World number three was up against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin at the Paris Masters on Wednesday. Stefanos Tsitsipas was well ahead of the Australian in the first set. The scores were 4-2 and it was more likely for Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the game had it been his lucky day. Before the start of the second set, Tsitsipas called the trainer and after some discussion with him opted out of the game.
The 23-year-old did not reveal much about his injury despite the media prodding him about it. He had been facing problems in his right arm for quite some time but it got worse in the last couple of weeks. He was afraid of taking the risk before the ATP finals that is to commence from November 14th in Turin, Italy, so he thought it would be wiser to opt out of the game early. Despite the decision, Stefanos is not too happy about it. This would be first time the Greek has not finished the game.
“I haven’t retired once in my life, and it was something that I had to do today. I’m trying to be precautious for the next tournament, which is the most important one for me. My arm has been — I have had an issue there for quite a while now. It has gotten bigger in the last couple of weeks, so I’m just trying to protect it.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas : I’m going to have treatments
Clealy the ATP finals mean more to Steafnos who said that he is going to get the best treatment possible to be in his prime form to play in the event.
6 players have already booked their spot for the ATP finals and two spots are yet to be booked. Top eight men’s singles players and doubles team are eligible to play in the season-ending mega event. Other Stefanos, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, Andrey Rublev, US opens winner Daniil Medvedev and currently world number one Novak Djokovic are already on the list of players that would be seen taking out on the field.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas forced to retire early from the Paris Masters due to a persisting arm injury.
- Stefanos is to be next seen at the ATP finals alongside world number one Novak Djokovic.