Stefanos Tsitsipas recently took a weeklong hiatus from his phone and you can't say it's not working for his game. The 20-year-old Greek is through to the final in Dubai after a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win over Gael Monfils on Friday.
“I was just sick and tired of all those messages, all those people talking about me,” Tsitsipas said about his hiatus. “I felt my brain blocked. I felt like I couldn't process all of that information coming to me.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas made a winning start @DDFTennis. He told us why he decided to take a break from his phone and social media:— Sport360° (@Sport360) February 26, 2019
"I was just sick and tired of all those messages. All the notifications. I felt my brain blocked. Like I couldn't process all of that information." pic.twitter.com/fuQquR9qw5
“I started having nice conversations with my friends,” he added. “Going for some good lunch, dinner with them, discussing about different interesting topics instead of being on my phone.”
Tsitsipas last posted on Twitter and Instagram four days ago, after winning the Open 13 title in Marseille. So while it may not be a permanent break, it's still healthy to take time away from social media, especially for someone that has grown up in the peak of the digital age.
Ranked No. 11 going into Dubai, Tsitsipas had to beat Monfils to become the first-ever Greek inside the ATP Top 10.
"What it means? I'm thinking about it almost every day. I want it badly," Tsitsipas said ahead of his match against Monfils. "I want it to happen very much. I know I'll have to win a couple of crucial matches to get there. The point difference is pretty big. I'm going to have to dominate more."
He can't be chastised too much for breaking his social media hiatus if he posts about this milestone.
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