In recent years, Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the favourites to claim the title wherever competing in the ATP Tour. Stefanos’ parents have experienced tennis players, especially his father, Apostolos Tsitsipas, who has been coaching him since childhood. In a recent interview, the 2019 ATP Finals champion revealed how he sees his father in the on-court and off-court.
“My Family Is Always There For Me”, says Stefanos Tsitsipas
The main reason behind Stefanos Tsitsipas’s consistency on tour is his father, Apostolos, who studied tennis coaching at the University of Athens to help train his children. Apostolos has four children, three sons and a daughter. All of his children are tennis players.
“My family is always there for me. My family is one that understands me to understand me, and they obviously want to protect me, and they want the best for me. And My relationship with my dad, I would say, has been pretty good the last couple of years,” Tsitsipas said during a conversation with tennis majors.
World No. 5 continued, “We’ve been paying a lot of attention to detail. We’ve always been committed to one another. So our relationship differentiates as opposed to other fathers. I don’t know son relationships on tour. There are not actually that many, so. We are a unique and rare breed in the circuit.”
Sometimes Stefanos Tsitsipas Does Get Upset With His Father Apostolos
When asked, does he ever fight with his father? Stefanos explained, “Of course, I mean that that’s not even a question when you fight on the court, do you manage to have the separation when you get back to like normal life, like go back to the father and not the coach or is that I do sometimes I do get upset with him because he is my dad generally like talks a lot.”
“He, I guess, releases his stress through that, and I understand I was saying that, but then It can get really frustrating and difficult for me to deal with, but it’s I don’t it’s difficult. It’s strange to see my dad as a coach.
And at the same time as a dad as a father outside the court, I would just say it’s just one thing for me. It doesn’t change much. It’s, of course, I know that he’s my father. Still, at the same time, he’s a tennis professional and a tennis coach who knows the subject really well,” the 22-year-old from Greece added.
“My Mother Has Also Been Very Influential And Important In My Development”: Tsitsipas
Stefanos’ mother, Julia Apostoli, was a former junior World No.1 and represented the Soviet Union in the Billie Jean Cup(Fed Cup).
“The sub by subject, I mean tennis. He’s there to help me there to assist me for sure. He always gets a lot, and he cooperates well with my mother. My mother has also been very influential and important in my development. She has played professional tennis. My dad hasn’t played professional tennis. Hence, there’s always like a mixture of both,” Tsitsipas concluded.
In Monte Carlo Masters 2021, No.4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will now lock horns with Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a semifinal spot.