Stefanos Tsitsipas Compares His Influence To Manny Pacquiao

Published 03/11/2020, 1:39 PM EDT


Stefanos Tsitsipas has single-handedly contributed to the rise of tennis in Greece. While a sport gains life in a country with the advent of a popular star, rarely do you see a 21-year-old at the centre of a big change. Stefanos has gained a cult-like following in his native nation at a very young age.

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While talking to Filipino magazine Tiebreakertimes, Stefanos revealed how one big athlete can change the destiny of a sport in a particular country. However, he does not consider himself as solely responsible for the rise of tennis in Greece. Who else did he talk about? Read on to find out.

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What did Stefanos Tsitsipas say? 

Tsitsipas revealed that his rise has seen increased popularity for the sport in Greece than the earlier levels –

Tennis is becoming more of a popular sport in Greece.”

However, along with him, he thinks that emerging women’s star Maria Sakkari is also responsible for this growth –

“With my success and the success of Maria Sakkari — we both have helped a lot. People are becoming more aware of what is happening with our careers, and they follow. They watch and stay up late for our matches.”

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Maria Sakkari

Tsitsipas went on to explain how a single athlete can help growth. He compared it to the stardom of superstar Filipino Boxer Manny Pacquiao. With his rise, boxing became a popular sport in the Phillippines –

“So I would probably say it stands in Top five right now, and there are many kids in schools and playing tennis after school. So, the tennis clubs are quite full of kids wanting to become Tsitsipas or Sakkari; and my success, I think, is in every country with great athletes or scoring athletes, like you have guys have a basketball team and Manny Pacquiao. I think people will get inspired and want to do the same. That’s the same case in Greece.”

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Here’s hoping that we see many more Greek tennis stars who follow in the footsteps of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari.

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Aryan Sharma

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Aryan Sharma is a WWE and Tennis author and editor at EssentiallySports. Being a journalism graduate from Delhi University, he combines his love for creating content with an astute knowledge of almost three eras of professional wrestling. He's also a Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova fan and likes to write on the social impact of these two legends beyond their achievements on the tennis court.

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