“My Number One Priority is…”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens up on the Pressure of Playing Tennis

Published 09/18/2021, 8:09 AM EDT
Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after a service break in the fourth set against Adrian Mannarino of France on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed a lot of things about his personal and professional career on The Madhappy podcast. One such thing was the amount of pressure he has been dealing with now and then.

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Tsitsipas is an advocate of mental health and the physical pressure athletes are forecd to undertake. He opened up about his professional career in tennis. He started the conversation by saying, “ Tennis is a very introverted sport.” According to the Greek, the main two components in tennis are encouragement and motivation.

Stefanos Tsitsipas believes in team work

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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 10: Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) and his father/coach Apostolos Tsitsipas warm up during the National Bank Open tennis tournament on August 10, 2021, at Aviva Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On the Madhappy Podcast, Stefanos Tsitsipas firmly agreed that it’s very essential to have a supportive team around you. He quoted, “I think tennis is a team sport.” Along with the athlete, the coaches, physio and supporting staff play a major role behind a player’s success. Besides that, the world number three touched upon a very crucial point on defeat and victory. He said,” Defeats can bring you down, wins can elevate you and make you fly to the sky.”

The Greek believes tough times have really shaped his powerful personality. However, Tsitsipas advises not to be in the state of overconfidence after winning many matches.

Tsitsipas honored to put tennis on the map of his country

Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates a win over Casper Ruud of Norway (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Stefanos Tsitsipas admits, “Pressure is a privilege.” He understands and loves the responsibility the fans of his country have given him. He’s very honored to put tennis on the map of his country. Tsitsipas feels tennis has really shaped and transformed people’s lives. Though it gives him pressure, the Greek loves his job.

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Moreover, Stefanos Tsitsipas also talked about the reactions of people across the country once you perform well. He stated, “People expect more, one day you’re god, another day you’re no one”. He concluded by saying, ” My number one priority is to go out there and pursue my dreams.”

The Greek suffered a humbling defeat in the third round of the 2021 US Open. Fortunately, Tsitsipas has the means to cope with the loss and bounce back.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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