Stefanos Tsitsipas: I was playing through pain for years, surgery was neccessary

World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was playing through pain for years and undergoing an elbow surgery was something he absolutely needed to do. 

Tsitsipas underwent an elbow surgery in late November but he said he was hopeful he would be ready for the start of the 2022 season.

The surgery went well and Tsitsipas is set to kick off his 2022 season in Australia. 

“I’ve only been training for a few days. I felt that it was necessary to have the surgery because I had felt pain for years while playing, trying to limit the load on this area of my body,” Tsitsipas told Sky Sport. 

“It’s great to be on the court without pain and to see that I can do any movement, I’m using a muscle that I didn’t even know existed because my injury was preventing me from using it in movement. It was difficult for me mentally to play for almost two years with this problem.”

Tsitsipas’ season ended on a disappointing way

Tsitsipas retired his Paris Masters opeenr after just a couple of games, before pulling out of the ATP Finals after just one match played. 

“In Paris the pain was unbearable so I had to quit from that game, I’ve never retired in a match – it was very painful for me to let the crowd down and not play that match,” Tsitsipas expained. 

“But, I had to, it was for my safety, my well-being, and I don’t regret doing that.”

Recently, Tsitsipas explained his decision to get vaccinated. 

“I don’t promote vaccination, but I’m not even against it. I support anyone who wants to do it. I am not a doctor, I am an athlete and my outlook may not be the best when it comes to medicine. I will be vaccinated this year. I do it to have a normal life,” Tsitsipas said.