“Entirely Dedicated to Her”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Reveals Receiving Heart-Rending News Minutes Ahead of French Open 2021 Finals

Published 06/13/2021, 10:49 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas poses with the runners up trophy after losing the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first player from Greece to reach a Grand Slam final. Moreover, he even stole the first two sets from Novak Djokovic before losing the French Open 2021 title. Who would have guessed that the brave-heart on the court had received devastating news only five minutes before the final?

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Before the biggest match of his life, Tsitsipas learnt that his grandmother was no more. Although the news must have affected him, the young aspirant fought both battles alone with inspiring zeal.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas dedicates French Open 2021 success to his late grandmother

If not on the scoreline of the French Open 2021 final, the Greek professional Tsitsipas won in many other aspects. He was on the verge of breaking down into tears, but he held it all in until the end.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Later, Tsitsipas shared a post on social media revealing news of his grandmother’s demise. While dedicating the silver plate to his grandmother, he said that it all started with her.

“5 minutes before entering the court, my very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life. A wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met. It’s important to have more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you come alive. They make you dream,” Tsitsipas wrote.

He added that regardless of the day, circumstance or situation, he dedicated the trophy entirely to her and only her. “Thank you for raising my father. Without him, this wouldn’t have been possible,” he ended.

Undoubtedly, the young Greek player has won many hearts through his performance at Roland-Garros. Moreover, he has many more years to play at the highest stage of tennis.

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What’s next for Tsitsipas in 2021

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Battling for more than four hours, Tsitsipas did not give up his fight until the last point against Djokovic. However, it must have taken a lot from him mentally and physically.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Hence, he will be looking forward to staying close with family and friends. In two weeks, he will return to the court, aiming for the Wimbledon Championships 2021 title.

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Purav Joshi

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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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