Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari Share Exciting News for Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 06/07/2021, 11:50 PM EDT
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 03: Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece talk tactics in the mixed doubles match against Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer of Switzerland during day six of the 2019 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)


Greek World No.18 Mari Sakkari reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open 2021. She upset the last year’s finalist Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3 in 69 minutes. On the men’s side, World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas also made it into the last eight, winning over Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

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Chiefly, it is the first time both the Greek top-ranked players are in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. Moreover, they have now announced some exciting news for fans waiting for the Olympics.

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Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas to team up for Tokyo Olympics 2021

Unsurprisingly, Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas share a great admiration for one another. They often talk about their fellow compatriot with deep respect.

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)

Thus, fans wanted to see the Greek duo play tennis together as mixed doubles partners at the Games. It seems as if the wish is on the verge of getting fulfilled now.

In her latest post-match press conference, Sakkari confirmed that she would play alongside Tsitsipas in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. That is, they will participate in the mixed doubles category in Japan.

The news has increased the interest of fans for the Olympics Games, especially Greek tennis fans. Stefanos, who recently revealed that Sakkari’s game has helped him improve, will now have an opportunity to share a court with her.

Stefanos shared, “When I want to learn something, add something to my game, I don’t only watch men’s tennis. I learn from women too, and the first I want to see on YouTube is Maria. She has helped me improve. I love her, and I want the best for her.”

The world’s biggest sporting event plans to run from July 23 till August 8. However, there has been no clear statement from the organisers about the schedule and conditions regarding the tournament.

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Before Olympics, both the Greek players are looking forward to getting the biggest wins of their careers. While Tsitsipas will face rival Daniil Medvedev, Sakkari will take on reigning Roland-Garros champion Iga Swiatek.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Greece’s Maria Sakkari celebrates after winning her fourth round match against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Comparatively, both of them get down to business without wasting a grain of time as they step on a court. Moreover, it is their self-belief and confident mindset that might help them go further in Paris.

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Unquestionably, many tennis fans are rooting for the duo equally, and so, it will be interesting to see how they play now. Do you think Tsitsipas and Sakkari would lay the perfect foundation at French Open 2021 before teaming up for Tokyo Olympics?

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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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