Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled out of the Wimbledon warm-up in Halle, Germany on Monday for personal reasons, after losing by two sets after losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open finals on Sunday.
Tsitsipas beat the Serbian champion in the first two sets at Roland Garros, but his first Grand Slam final ended in defeat, ultimately losing 7-6 (6) 6-2 3-6 2-6 4-6 in a grueling battle that lasted more than 4 hours and 11 minutes.
Greek player Tsitsipas took a wild card in the ATP 500 tournament in Galle, and was also due to play in doubles with his younger brother Petros. “He will be replaced by the lucky loser Yannick Hanfmann in the singles draw,” the ATP said.
On Monday, the 22-year-old said on social media that he found out about the death of his paternal grandmother just five minutes before the French Open finals.
“Five minutes before entering the court, my beloved grandmother died,” Tsitsipas wrote on Instagram. “A wise woman whose faith in life and willingness to give and provide cannot be matched by any other person I have ever met.
“It is important that there are more people like her in this world. Because such people bring you to life. They make you dream. “
Tsitsipas also put Sunday’s defeat in perspective: “Life is not victory or defeat. It’s about enjoying every moment of life, whether alone or with others, ”he wrote. “[Речь идет] about living a meaningful life without suffering and humiliation. Raising trophies and celebrating victories is something, but not everything. ”