Former Australian tennis player Philippoussis, who joined Tsitsipas’ coaching team last season and helped lead the world’s number five to the Australian Open final in January, confirmed the split on Instagram earlier this week.
Tsitsipas’ head coach is his father Apostolos.
“It’s never easy to have two coaches on the court. I know they are there to help and give their best and to keep me alive,” Tsitsipas told reporters ahead of the first round match against Jiri Vesely.
“But it can be quite hectic at times when two coaches share opinions. I’m at a stage in my career where I need one coach who can provide all the information, all the analysis, all the things I need.” I’m looking to improve my game. In my opinion, less is more.
“…in my opinion it’s very important to stick with a few people and make it work because when you have a lot of people around you it can also drain your mental energy a lot.”
Tsitsipas added that his parting ways with former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Philippoussis was a “mutual decision”.
“I’ve had weeks where I just traveled with my coach because I felt that was the way it should be done and I don’t regret any of them because it’s a personal feeling,” said Tsitsipas.
“I love Mark. He is an amazing person and we still keep in touch with him very often.”
Tsitsipas was in great shape during the cop swing, reaching the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Madrid, the final in Barcelona and the semi-final in Rome.
The 24-year-old, who hopes to win his first Grand Slam title at this year’s French Open, said he is trying to play with the same attitude he had during his run to the 2021 Roland Garros final.
“It was a great two weeks of tennis for me and I remember doing different things and remember what worked better for me during those two weeks in Paris,” said Tsitsipas.
“My possibilities are big and big, and I feel it. I just need to get a few good first games to keep believing I can really do something this year.”