World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas has refused to weigh in on the latest Nick Kyrgios drama with the Greek superstar instead choosing to focus on helping his country win the inaugural United Cup.
Tennis fans were stunned to hear that Kyrgios had withdrawn from the Adelaide International due to an ankle injury a week after he pulled out of the United Cup just before the tournament started.
It means the Aussie ace will head into the first grand slam of the year having not played a lead-up match on home soil this summer as he looks to build on his incredible 2022 campaign that saw him reach the Wimbledon final.
Tsitsipas was in no mood to discuss the matter when he arrived at his Sydney hotel on Thursday afternoon after his flight was delayed.
“I have no comment for that,” he said.
“I am actually focusing on my thing right now and I don’t have anything to say on this.”
Tsitsipas was with Greek compatriot Maria Sakkari after the pair combined to win a crucial mixed doubles match on Wednesday night that helped them get past Croatia and into the tournament’s final four where they’ll play Italy.
Sakkari is expected to win her match on Friday night before Tsitsipas takes on Italian star Matteo Berrettini in one of the most anticipated matches of the summer.
“We’re faced with some really good opponents,” he said.
“They’ve earned their spot in the semi-finals and every match is now getting tougher and tougher. There’s no easy way out.”
A win over Berrettini – the men’s world number 16 – would be a huge boost for Tsitsipas who is still trying to claim his maiden grand slam title.
The 24-year-old has made the final four in Melbourne in three of the past four years but hasn’t been able to reach the decider, losing last year’s heated semi-final to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.
But with Rafael Nadal struggling for form at the United Cup and doubts over how Novak Djokovic will handle the scrutiny after last year’s visa crisis, 2023 could be the year Tsitsipas finally breaks through.
“Melbourne is the happy slam for me and Maria. We have Greek friends there and we feel like we’re playing at home,” he said.
“It’s always a nice sensation coming back to Melbourne and getting on these courts where we’re welcomed with lots of joy and lots of pride of what we represent.”