“One of the Nicest Souls”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Shares Details of His Vacation With Giannis Antetokounmpo

Published 03/24/2021, 5:40 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrating winning his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Greek World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas is set to begin his Miami Open 2021 campaign soon. Presently, he is training in the bubble where he took some time off to talk about his countryman and basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Both of them hail from Athens in Greece, and the two spent quite some time together at home. Moreover, #34 for Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA made a lasting impression on the highest-ranked Greek tennis player.

In a conversation with TennisOne, Stefanos Tsitsipas heaped praise on his compatriot for the person and athlete that he is.

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Tsitsipas and Antetokounmpo shared the same path as an athlete

“It was a surprise to find that he is very humble, very good listener,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said. “We had really interesting deep discussions with him about sport.”

Both the Greek players are exceptionally poised off the court and extremely dangerous on when on their respective courts.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 16: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates victory after his semi-final singles match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day Seven of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 16, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

After spending time with Giannis, Stefanos realized the similarity in their journeys in their sports. Through perseverance, they’ve made a name for themselves in their sports. He said, “I have so much relevance [with him] like we’ve come through the same path to get to where we are today.”

Furthermore, the Acapulco 2021 finalist expressed that he respects Giannis Antetokounmpo as an athlete. Tsitsipas added that he learned a lot from him after spending a few days with him in Athens just doing fun stuff.

Stefanos said, “He is one of the nicest souls, the nicest guys I ever met in sports. I hope I get to spend more time with him as it is good for me, and it is also good for us, in general, to hang out like this.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas faces a challenging draw at the Miami Open 2021

After losing a hard-fought battle for the title against Alexander Zverev at the Mexican Open, Tsitsipas was not thrilled about Miami. And now, the second seed in the Sunshine tournament has received one of the toughest draws.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Firstly, the Greek will most likely play two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson in the second round. Moreover, his side of the draw includes Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, Kei Nishikori, Fabio Fognini, Milos Raonic, and Aslan Karatsev.

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Thus, Tsitsipas would need to pull off some incredible performances to make it to the final. The tournament has already begun, and it will run from March 22 – April 4. Can the Greek win his first Masters 1000 title in Miami?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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