“Impress Myself at Some Point”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up on Representing His Country at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 5:43 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 14, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his round of 16 match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller


22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas has earned the opportunity to represent Greece at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020. It is the biggest dream of every sports athlete to win a gold medal for their country.

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Presently, the Roland-Garros 2021 finalist is contesting in the Hamburg Open and is through to the quarterfinals. He overcame German Dominik Koepfer in a close two-setter in the second round 7-6(2), 6-3. After that match, Tsitsipas opened up on traveling to Japan next.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 14, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his round of 16 match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

As of now, it is clear that the highest-ranked Greek professional will compete in both singles and mixed doubles categories.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas on what it means to represent Greece at Tokyo Olympics

Since the start of his career, Tsitsipas has been a driving force to promote tennis in Greece. Moreover, he has the vision to grow more sporting opportunities in his country. Hence, representing his nation at the world’s biggest sporting event is a stepping stone for Tsitsipas.

“Representing my country is the biggest honor that I could have had, and playing at the Olympics – it’s every Greek athlete’s dream,” Tsitsipas said. Notably, he, along with Maria Sakkari, will play for their nation at the Tokyo Olympics event in singles and mixed doubles events.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 03: Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece embrace after defeating Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer of Switzerland in the mixed doubles match during day six of the 2019 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Tsitsipas does not underestimate the Olympics stage. Instead, he stated that he is looking to surprise himself there.

Tsitsipas continued, “For me, Tokyo, I think it will be a fascinating experience. Obviously, I would love to give my best in each single match and put out a good show, and maybe even impress myself at some point.”

Currently, in the Hamburg QFs, the reigning Monte-Carlo champion will meet Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Last year, he ended runner-up in this tournament and will be looking forward to changing that this year.

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Besides Tsitsipas, top players such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, and Matteo Berrettini will be traveling to Japan. Therefore, it would be a challenging field to score a gold medal despite numerous withdrawals.

The tournament starts on July 24th, and it will be interesting to see the Greek playing for his country. Do you think Tsitsipas can go all the way and win a medal in Tokyo?

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