Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is hoping to pull a three-peat at the Monte Carlo Masters this year. Tsitsipas, 24, won his first Masters title in 2021 after beating Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo final. Last year, Tsitsipas captured back-to-back Monte Carlo titles after ousting Alexander Zverev in the final.
“It is a pleasure to return to the clay-court swing. It is one of the most fascinating parts of the year, starting the clay-court swing in Monte Carlo, which is my favorite place in the world. I am looking to make it three [titles].
But I won’t take too much time thinking of it. I am feeling refreshed that we are able to start playing on clay again,” Tsitsipas said, via The National.
Tsitsipas hoping for another memorable week in Monte Carlo
In the Monte Carlo main draw, Tsitsipas is the second-seeded player and has a first-round bye.
After a first-round bye, Tsitsipas will meet in the second round the winner of the match between Benjamin Bonzi and Barnabe Zapata Miralles. In Monte Carlo, Tsitsipas is always feeling well-received. “I am enjoying the fact that I have won this event twice.
I feel good playing here, I feel good in front of my fans. The Monegasque people have showed their love and support and the Italian and French fans. Also the Greek community. They are here and I know most of them. It is my home tournament and having won the event twice, it gives me so much happiness that I was able to live and experience those moments.
I am hoping to make it more than twice this week,” Tsitsipas said. This year, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are skipping Monte Carlo due to injuries. But world No 1 Novak Djokovic is set to compete on the clay courts of Monte Carlo.
Tsitsipas and Djokovic are considered the top favorites for the Monte Carlo title. It remains to be seen if Tsitsipas can win a third consecutive Monte Carlo title.