Stefanos Tsitsipas (#5-Greece), who was upset by Carlos Alcaraz (#1-Spain) in the quarterfinals of the French Open men’s singles, claimed that his sleep habits were disrupted by the competition schedule and that taking melatonin pills (sleeping pills) and taking naps adversely affected his performance.
Tsitsipas lost her quarterfinal match against Alcaraz 0-3 (2-6, 1-6, 6<5>-7) in a night match at Roland Garros in Paris, France on June 6 (local time). The first two sets were so lopsided in favor of Alcaraz that it was hardly a matchup between the No. 1 and No. 5 players. To say that Alcaraz was “played” would be an understatement, especially in the second set, where Tsitsipas was overwhelmed by Alcaraz with just three winners and 13 unforced errors.
“The first two sets weren’t that fun to play, I wasn’t completely in shape, I felt like I was sleeping in some ways,” he said in his post-match press conference, according to Fox News, Tennis.com, and others.
Cicpas explained that his biggest problem was sleeping too much before the 8:30 p.m. start time.
Chichipas admitted that Alcaraz played very well. However, when it came to his own physical condition, he said that several night matches in the previous rounds had disrupted his usual sleeping habits, and that the medication and naps he took to combat the accumulated fatigue had taken a toll on his performance.
In fact, Chichipas played the previous two matches on the Susan Lenglen Court as the last match of the day.
“In the future, I’m going to try to avoid taking melatonin pills and napping before matches because it definitely doesn’t seem to work,” he said. 먹튀검증
“The schedule has been a little bit difficult the last few days. I’ve had a couple of night matches, not very late, but late enough to mess up my sleep schedule,” he said, adding, “Sleep is very important and recovery is the most important thing when you’re playing and competing in these big slams.”
Tsitsipas recalled another time he took a melatonin pill and napped before a match against Novak Djokovic at the 2019 Paris Masters, where he also suffered a lopsided 1-6, 2-6 defeat.
“I think melatonin really likes 1s and 2s,” Tsitsipas joked bitterly.