Stefanos Tsitsipas suffers shock first-round loss to Daniel Galán at US Open
An in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas is in serious pain after dropping a heartbreaking first round clash to Daniel Galán at the US Open on Thursday.
The Greek superstar had been battling a left thigh injury throughout the tournament, but came through a nerve-jangling battle with a resilient opponent.
But a freak leg movement in the fifth set left him reeling, and he looked to have lost the match.
The 24-year-old was unable to return to the court, but has undergone further diagnostic tests on the right hamstring injury he had just sustained.
His tournament was over, and he was left clutching his arm after the final game.
He now faces an uphill battle to even get back to the tournament this year.
Tsitsipas is now seeded 14th at US Open
“I don’t know if I can do it again”, he said. “I don’t know if I will be able to play again. I don’t know if it’s worth it to try again.”
Tsitsipas, the former world no. 3 who holds a 5-3 record against Galán, will need a medical clearance before taking part in the second round.
He then looks set for the much tougher task of meeting the 22-year-old Galán for a spot in the following round against the Spanish number eight.
Galán, however, will have plenty of support, particularly from the Spaniard’s countrymen in Galina Voskoboeva, a former world number one, and Alxa Gustafsson, who has made the quarter-finals at all three majors.
“In the end, it was a tough match to play. It was really tough and I’m really disappointed because I felt like I won the world”, Tsitsipas said.
“Then I started to feel good in