STUTTGART—What could underwear, ice cream and a fire extinguisher all have in common? For Stefanos Tsitsipas, these items marked his first three orders of business in Stuttgart.
After accepting singles and doubles wild cards into this week’s BOSS Open, an ATP 250-level event on grass, Tsitsipas arrived on Saturday. Having never played the tournament before, local media were interested in knowing what the Greek had been up to thus far in an unfamiliar city.
Tsitsipas paused briefly before revealing, “I went for some underwear shopping,” as laughs broke out. “Yeah, not enough of them.”
The world No. 5 then reeled off two more random activities.
“I went for a good ice cream that you have here in the city. I'm a huge enthusiast. I love ice cream. So I wanted to go check out this place,” Tsitsipas continued.
“And I bought a fire exhaust for my apartment back home, just as a decor thing. I saw it in the shop, two fire exhausts. I was like, ‘I need one just in case if if my energy ever sets my apartment on fire.’ Or on court, you can always grab it quick. What am I saying? It's a fire extinguisher.”
After a strong European clay-court season that included a successful title defense in Monte Carlo, runner-up effort in Rome and semifinal run in Madrid, the 23-year-old’s flame burned out sooner than expected at Roland Garros, where the 2021 finalist was ousted in the round of 16 by Holger Rune.