World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas said he dropped Mark Philippoussis from his coaching team because “less is more.”
The Greek star added former Wimbledon and US Open runner-up Philippoussis to his team to work alongside his father and primary coach Apostolos in the back half of 2022.
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The Australian’s inclusion seemed to pay off, with Tsitsipas qualifying for the Australian Open final in January, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
The 24-year-old explained the reason behind the split, saying things became “hectic” having two coaches.
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“It can get quite kind of hectic having two coaches share opinions,” he said two days out from Roland-Garros.
“It was a mutual decision. We spent countless of hours on the phone talking a few weeks ago. It’s never easy having two coaches on the court.
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“When you have a lot of people around you, it can get very draining. I love Mark. He’s an amazing person, and we still stay in touch with him very often.”
Tsitsipas was runner-up to Djokovic in 2021 in France, a heartbreaking loss from two sets up in the final.
That defeat was followed by a last-16 exit in 2022 at the hands of Holger Rune.
Should Djokovic win a third French Open this year, it will give him a record-setting 23rd major, breaking a tie for the men’s record with Rafael Nadal who is absent from Paris with injury this year.
Tsitsipas, however, prefers to ignore the significance of such a landmark performance.
“I don’t go to sleep at night thinking about that. Doesn’t really cross my mind. Doesn’t occupy too much of my thoughts,” he said.
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