In a surprising turn of events at the ATP Finals in Turin, Stefanos Tsitsipas faced an untimely exit from his Tuesday match against Holger Rune due to elbow pain, raising concerns about his continued participation in the tournament. As the Greek player battles health issues, the spotlight now shifts to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who will take on Novak Djokovic on Thursday.
The unfolding saga began last Friday when Tsitsipas, during a training session with Alexander Zverev, had to halt activities abruptly. The following day, during a practice match with Carlos Alcaraz, the 25-year-old was once again forced to suspend play, citing discomfort in his right elbow.
Despite the setbacks, Tsitsipas bravely entered the match against Holger Rune on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the Greek player withdrew from the competition after just three games.
Tsitsipas officially withdrew from further competition and the 26-year-old Polish player is set to face the formidable Novak Djokovic on Thursday. This encounter presents a significant challenge for Hurkacz, as he has yet to secure a victory against the Serbian, having lost in all six of their previous direct clashes.
🚨 OFICJALNIE: Hubert Hurkacz zagra w czwartek z Novakiem Djokoviciem. Polak zastąpił Stefanosa Tsitsipasa, który wycofał się z dalszej rywalizacji.— Z kortu – informacje tenisowe | Tennis news (@z_kortu) November 14, 2023
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