“Hope I Can Meet Her in Tokyo” – Stefanos Tsitsipas Dedicates His Lyon Open 2021 Title to an 11-Year-Old Japanese Girl

Published 05/23/2021, 12:57 PM EDT
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)


World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas recently won the Lyon Open 2021. The Greek player completely dominated the match and thrashed Cameron Norrie in the finals in straight sets to lift the title. The final scoreline of the match was 6-3, 6-3.

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After winning the event, Tsitsipas decided to dedicate the title to someone special and fans also applauded him for his noble action.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 15, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his quarter-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The Greek player dedicated his trophy to an 11-year-old Japanese girl, Reiko. She lost her mother three years ago and Tsitsipas surely wanted to make her a little bit happy.

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“She lost her mother when she was 8 and now she suffers from depression and is in the hospital,” said Tsitsipas in the post-match interview.

“Hope I can meet her in Tokyo”- Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas will be traveling to Japan in July for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Hoping to making things better for Reiko, he expressed his desire to meet her on his trip to Japan.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his second-round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“I’ve sent her many messages, I’ve talked to her and hope I can meet her in Tokyo, to try to make things better,” added the Lyon Open 2021 winner.

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After this, Stefanos Tsitsipas will travel to Paris where he’ll be eying his first maiden Grand Slam title. Last year, he played really well at Roland Garros and managed to reach the semi-finals, but lost to Serbian great Novak Djokovic.

However, fans still have high expectations from Tsitsipas and want him to deliver this time. Will the Greek player be able to shine at the French Open 2021?

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