Tsitsipas: "Changes in equipment played a role ..."
The Greek champion "surrendered" with 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 against the Dane, who makes his maiden appearance in the men's tournament, in just over 3 hours.
"You have this in the back of your head, having changed the equipment a bit, playing with something that helped you a lot last year to reach a pretty good result and specifically in the final for the first time," said Tsitsipas and continued: "It stays in your mind that maybe I should not have done that."
The 23-year-old Tsitsipas, who is ranked No. 4 in the world and has not yet won a Grand Slam, refused to reveal what the changes were in his equipment: "You feel that some changes have been made in terms of equipment and things like that. I would not put all the responsibility in the change because it is something I chose for my personal progress and to become better."
Athletes in Paris use a different grid on the racket, especially in their evening duties, always depending on the temperature and humidity.
Tsitsipas changed rackets in the middle of the match, while the day was sunny. However, he declined to give further details when asked about the changes to his equipment: "I would rather not discuss it, please. I do not want to answer that."