“Take That Extra Time for Yourself”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Follows Naomi Osaka in Emphasizing on Personal Well-Being

Published 09/09/2021, 12:53 PM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a shot against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Although not necessarily from the tennis viewpoint, two athletes have been front and center at the US Open 2021. Both Stefanos Tsitsipas and Naomi Osaka have been widely talked about, for different reasons. While Osaka generated buzz regarding mental health, Tsitsipas’ toilet breaks came under a lot of scrutiny. After his elimination from the tournament, the Greek star has now spoken about self-emphasis.

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Naomi Osaka and Stefanos Tsitsipas

Both Osaka and Tsitsipas faced adversities that were contrasting, yet similar. Opting to take the tough path, they were subjected to criticism. While Osaka decided not to talk to the press and later revealed her difficulties on tour, Stefanos turned a deaf ear to the stigma surrounding his toilet breaks. Now, the World No.3 has revealed his thoughts after the US Open.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas addresses personal well-being, like Naomi Osaka

There is no doubt that the criticism he faced at Flushing Meadows may have taken a toll on Tsitsipas. The 3rd seed admitted that due to his excessive sweating, he has to take breaks to change his clothes. Patrick Mouratoglou also revealed not too long ago that Tsitsipas did in fact learn about the breaks from Novak Djokovic. However, this action of his was widely criticized in the tennis fraternity. Taking to social media, the Roland Garros finalist finally broke his silence regarding the scenario. He spoke about mental well-being and emphasizing on oneself.

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“It’s been a minute since I’ve taken any time off or even just taken time for myself,” said Tsitsipas.  “I always feel like I’m in a rush and should be moving forward in some shape or form, but slowly I’ve realized that isn’t necessarily the right way. Silence and solitude can also lead to progress. Over the years I’ve kept myself so distracted with work and travel that I didn’t have the time to allow myself to feel as happy or as sad as I should have. When one is in the public eye, others only see and pay attention to the highs, but are not aware of the lows. At a certain point, the whole thing caught up to me and it’s been an eye opening experience to say the least. Put emphasis on your well-being, love as hard as you can, and take that extra time for yourself. Fulfillment and gratification will soon follow.”
Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates a win over Casper Ruud of Norway (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
What do you make of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ touching words. In all likelihood, the Greek youngster may choose to take some time off, in order to refocus. We can only hope that his positive thoughts and views make him a better person!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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