Stefanos Tsitsipas has praised the United Cup idea after the 24-year-old starred for Greece within the inaugural event earlier this month.
“We did not prevail and are available victorious,” he mentioned after his nation misplaced to Italy of their semi-final contest. “But it surely was positively a kind of occasions that tennis is missing. Tennis does not have occasions like this. Tennis is a really particular person, lonely sport.”
Tsitsipas revealed how he had been a significant supporter of the idea, which changed the ATP Cup as the primary occasion within the calendar yr for tennis, after it was deemed a hit regardless of various stars pulling out on the eve of its graduation.
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“I’ve been speaking to the ATP and another individuals final yr of bringing this occasion to life,” he mentioned.
“I am joyful they listened to a number of the gamers. One among them was additionally me making an attempt to push them to make it.
“ATP Cup was a great occasion, however I felt like bringing the males and the females collectively to create one cup, that is the same as each, would have been an awesome concept. I loved each minute of it.
“Getting collectively, sharing these moments, being a part of the identical trigger and the identical purpose collectively, was one thing that makes me develop as a participant and makes me wish to stay up for the following version of the United Cup.”
The Greek star claimed he was left confused with a number of the guidelines for the event however was assured that with a couple of minor tweaks the United Cup would go from strength-to-strength sooner or later.
“I used to be not very conscious of the format,” Tsitsipas admitted.
“One factor that I discovered somewhat bit, to illustrate, I did not fairly perceive it, was the very best loser coverage that that they had in place, which I do not know if that is relevant to our sport the place you do not thoughts if you happen to lose, and also you in some way nonetheless know you are qualifying to the finals.
“I discovered that somewhat bit complicated, that there is a staff that loses and nonetheless qualifies to the finals.”
Tsitsipas advised a discount on the variety of competing nations at subsequent yr’s version from 18 right down to 16.
“That is positively a small factor that may be improved and stuck sooner or later,” he mentioned.
“16 [teams] can be a way more supreme format as a result of everyone knows 16 is a quantity that belongs to tennis.
“The spherical of 16 is one thing that has been round for a very long time. That is one thing that I want to see sooner or later from the United Cup.”
But whereas driving a optimistic wave from his expertise, Tsitsipas’ focus should now swap to extra vital issues as he makes an attempt to lastly file a breakthrough grand slam victory after persistently climbing the rankings in recent times.
The controversial star, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2022, will tackle Quentin Halys within the first spherical at Margaret Courtroom Area on January 16.