EXCLUSIVE: Stefanos Tsitsipas gets philosophical at French Open

Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas has a different attitude to most when it comes to how he views the game of tennis, especially on clay.

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His outlook appears to be based more on a philosophical perspective, reported Dave Marshall who is covering the 2023 French Open in Paris exclusively for The South African website.

This was highlighted during his press conference after his straight-sets win against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena at the French Open at Roland Garros on Wednesday.

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A question relating the way the clay courts are maintained between sets, cleaned, watered, and how Tsitsipas saw the ritual, led to an ‘interesting’ answer from the fifth seed.

“Yeah, it’s a cleansing of the soul. It’s just like a knife. You let the old pass and you start with the new.”

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He was just warming up.

“It’s a great feeling when you step out on a newly made clay court that is clean. All the lines are perfect. It makes for a very pleasing visual experience.

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“But there’s also beauty on when the courts are dirty and messed up and you can see all of the footwork and effort that has been put in and you have a visual of that, of how much work has been put in in order for you to succeed in what you do.”

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Playing on clay obviously has a deeper meaning for Tsitsipas.

“It’s a spiritual type of surface. Let’s call it that way.

“I’m attached to it because I played on that surface since I started playing tennis.”

Tsitsipas beat Carballes Baena 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to set up a third round clash against Diego Schwartzman after the Argentine defeated Nuno Borges 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 6-3.

Dave Marshall is covering the 2023 French Open at Roland Garros exclusively for The South African website