Rest. Stefanos Tsitsipas, who comes from playing his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, which he lost to No. 1 Novak Djokovic, decided to get off the ATP 500 in Halle, on grass, to recover from the hard time on the clay in Paris.
The Greek, after the final of the French Open, published on his account Instagram who went out to fight Djokovic knowing five minutes before such a Parisian clash that his paternal grandmother had passed away.
The physical and mental exhaustion of Roland Garros, where he climbed like never before in a Grand Slam, being the first Greek in a Major final in singles, allowed him to reach his best position in the ATP ranking, being No. 4 in the world. And fatigue led him to not show up at Halle.
This Monday began that ATP in Germany, already starting the mini turf tour, which will lead to Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season. And the Greek was ranked second there, behind the Russian Daniil Medvedev, No. 2 in the world.
In the place of Tsitsipas, local Yannick Hanfmann entered the table of that tournament, in the condition of a lucky loser, since he had lost in the last round of qualifying. Meanwhile, he will not dispute the doubles in pairs with his brother Petros either.
The great attraction in Halle is the presence of the Swiss Roger Federer, who could face Medvedev in the quarterfinals. The one from Basel, No. 8 in the ATP ranking, holds the record of 10 titles in 13 finals played in that event on grass.