At the age of 22-years-old, Greek tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas holds several records under his name. One of the tallest players in the men’s game is the youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the ATP Tour. However, the current World No.6 says that hard work is not enough to reach our goals.
On Wednesday, Tsitsipas stormed into the second round of the Rotterdam Open 2021 after a straight-sets 7-6, 7-5 win over Belarusian Egor Gerasimov.
Ultimately, Stefanos went to a tiebreaker to claim the first set on an indoor hard court. “I had to fight for it, but I also felt confident. I knew there would be opportunities,” Tsitsipas said in the post-match interview.
“I Really Love This Life”, says Stefanos Tsitsipas
A son of two experienced tennis players further emphasised that he has nothing to complain about because he has a good life. Tsitsipas also took a quote from former World No.1 and eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi for his illustration about life.
“I always expect a lot from myself, during competitions and during training. But I really love this life. Of course, you have to work incredibly hard, but that is inherent to this profession,” the 2019 ATP Finals champion added.
The 2021 Australian Open semi-finalist continued, “As Andre Agassi once beautifully said:” The one who doesn’t work hard, it doesn’t deserve to win. “And I’d like to add: it’s not enough just to work hard if you just train really hard. You also have to work smart: focus on the things that matter. Dan, you can make a difference.”
Tsitsipas Brothers Reach Quarterfinal at Rotterdam Open 2021
Having an intention to improve his sibling’s career, Stefanos Tsitipas recently announced that he would often play in the doubles event with his brother Petros this year.
“The initiative to start doubling came from me. It was my decision. I think it is important to support my brother, not only to focus on myself,” the 2020 French Open semi-finalist concluded.
At the ongoing ATP 500 event in Rotterdam Ahoy, the Tsitsipas brothers will face Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin pair for a semifinal spot on Friday.