With Melbourne's large Greek community certain to come out and support him in large numbers, the Australian Open is the closest Stefanos Tsitsipas will come to a home Grand Slam and the young gun is determined to put on a show for his fans. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece makes a forehand return to Italy's Salvatore Caruso during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.
Things weren't so comfortable for the Italian.
Tsitsipas then elaborated on the issue post-match, suggesting the football-like atmosphere didn't belong in tennis.
"It is a condition". He reached the semifinals past year, defeating Roger Federer on his path to the semis, before falling to Rafael Nadal.
"I would describe it as a football field self-expression", Tsitsipas said.
"[I am] truly eagerly anticipating this brand-new obstacle that I have in front of me, to reveal something", statedTsitsipas "I have great memories from here a year ago, semi-finals, living the dream, playing with so much adrenaline".
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Tsitsipas is preparing to play at the Australian Open, and he hopes he can make a deep run at the tournament. "A year ago I did feel more as a kid who was trying to get confidence by doing certain things on the court", Tsitsipas said.
"Now I feel like I'm more mature".
While early days in the tournament, Tsitsipas is in line to face Novak Djokovic in a quarter-final which would mark their first meeting at a grand slam.
Tsitsipas' plea to his fans mirrors world number Rafael Nadal's thoughts after this month's ATP Cup final in Sydney where the Spaniard said that some fans do not understand tennis and its conventions.
"If I would be an opponent - I mean, I do understand he [Caruso] doesn't understand what's happening out there and what the chants are - but I think also, from their side, they should be a little bit more respectful to the opponents".
"After I practised indoors I felt really bad with my lungs".