Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘grounded’ after hitting dad with racket

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Stefanos Tsitsipas misplaced his cool on the ATP Cup.
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Sydney: Stefanos Tsitsipas mentioned he didn’t imply to hit his father and coach Apostolos with a racket swipe in a mid-match match of rage throughout Tuesday’s ATP Cup loss to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.

The Greek 21-year-old, ranked sixth on the planet, misplaced 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 and took out his frustration after dropping the opening set tiebreak with two racket swipes close to the crew bench, the second of which bruised his father’s arm.

Apostolos instantly received up from his chair in shock and went as much as the stands to sit down with the remainder of the Greek crew whereas Tsitsipas, who was docked some extent and warned by the umpire, obtained an earful from his mom Julia Apostoli.

“It occurred by accident, I didn’t imply to do it and immediately forgot about it and moved on from there,” Tsitsipas mentioned. “It occurs, I wasn’t aiming to try this. It simply went uncontrolled, sadly. Possibly I’ll keep in my room for 3 days, grounded by my father.”

Kyrgios, no stranger to on-court outbursts, didn’t see the incident himself however mentioned that it shouldn’t be getting an excessive amount of consideration.

“I’ve carried out some silly issues as nicely within the warmth of the second, so it was clearly an accident,” he mentioned after Australia’s 3-0 victory noticed them high the group.

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