Stefanos Tsitsipas' 2021 ended with an unfortunate elbow injury that saw him exit the ATP Finals after falling to Andrey Rublev in his round-robin opener. Checking in from the off-season, the Greek is feeling very optimistic after having a successful surgery last month and is confident he will make a strong 2022 debut.
“My elbow is fantastic," Tsitsipas said during an appearance on Greek TV channel ANT1. "I am sure I will be 100% back. The goal is definitely to go even higher. I hope the preparation goes well and that the new year will be three times better than this season."
The world No. 4 believed he would be in decent enough condition to play the prestigious year-end event, but the pain was just too much to bear, forcing to make the tough decision of doing what was best for his safety and well-being.
"I've never retired in a match—it was very painful for me to let the crowd down and not play that match," he said.