“Came From a Really Small Place”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Breaks Down in Tears After Creating History at French Open 2021

Published 06/11/2021, 12:59 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas leaves court after winning his semi final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas battled past Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021. The Greek player survived a close five-set match and exhibited some phenomenal skills on the court. The final scoreline of the match was 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.

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Even though Alexander Zverev saved four match-points, he never looked comfortable in the fifth set of the match. As a result, Stefanos Tsitsipas managed to win the match and will play his first-ever Grand Slam final on Sunday. The Greek player couldn’t control himself after the victory and broke down into tears.

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“All I can think of is my roots, where I came from. I came from a really small place outside of Athens. My dream was to play here. To play on the big stage at the French Open one day. I would never have thought that I could,” said an emotional Tsitsipas in the post-match interview.

It was surely a big moment for Tsitsipas as he trained himself really hard. It was his second semi-final match at the French Open and unlike, last year, he didn’t disappoint his fans this time. The World No.5 player didn’t even say much in the interview as he was completely in tears.

“I went through a lot of phases of emotional breakdowns”- Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas definitely suffered an emotional breakdown after the match. It is a moment that he waited for years and now it finally came true for him. In the same interview, he also revealed that he has experienced quite a lot of emotional breakdowns in his career.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his quarter-final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

“I went through a lot of phases of emotional breakdowns,” added the Greek player.

With his triumph over Zverev, Tsitsipas became the youngest player to reach the French Open finals since Rafael Nadal. Interestingly, he’ll face either Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the finals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is undoubtedly a great player on clay. With his clinical performances at the French Open 2021, fans surely have huge expectations from him. Will he be able to win his maiden Grand Slam title in Paris this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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