"His father needs to get out of there" - Wilander fed up with on-court coaching by Tsitsipas' dad
Following another on-court coaching incident involving Stefanos Tsitsipas and his father Apostolos, Mats Wilander has urged the elder Tsitsipas to stop giving on-court advice for the benefit of his son's development.
Apostolos Tsitsipas is a member of his son's coaching team and often appears to be giving out coaching advice to his son from the coaches box during matches. On-court coaching is not allowed on the ATP Tour and Tsitsipas was given consecutive coaching violations during his third round win over Benoit Paire and fourth round victory over Taylor Fritz.
"At some point his father needs to get out of there,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Wilander said on Eurosport. “Let Stefanos figure things out himself. You can have a proper go through the match beforehand and afterwards, but Stefanos can solve the problems."
During his match against Fritz, the umpire told the World No.4 at the end of the fourth set to talk to his father and tell him stop or he would get another violation.
"The situation with the umpire happens and then in the fifth set Tsitsipas wins it 6-4," added Wilander. "He plays a brilliant set, maybe the best set in the whole match.”
Tsitsipas dropped the first and third set against Fritz but fought back well to set up a quarter-final clash with 11th seed Jannik Sinner.