Stefanos Tsitsipas Reveals His Brother Petros Tsitsipas Was Cheering for Andrey Rublev at Rotterdam Open 2021

Published 03/07/2021, 2:48 AM EST
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


After defeating Karen Khachanov in a thrilling quarterfinal match, Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out of the 2021 Rotterdam Open the following match. Tsitsipas lost to No.4 seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the semifinal of the ATP 500 event.

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas with Russia’s Andrey Rublev after their semi-final match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

It was the duo’s sixth career match against each other and after Tsitsipas’ defeat, their head-head meeting record stands at 3-3.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas talks about his sibling

During the post-match conference, one reporter asked Tsitsipas whether he receives support from his younger brother Petros Tsitsipas, who is also a professional tennis player.

In a light-hearted way, Stefanos mentioned Petros was supporting Rublev instead of him and talked about his younger brother being a fan of every Top-10 player except him.

“It’s tough to say because today he was supporting Rublev. So, I don’t really know. He’s a big fan of Rublev, a big fan of every guy in the top 10 except me,” said Tsitsipas.

The Greek tennis star revealed things get uneasy sometimes when he plays doubles with Petros on the Tour. However, Stefanos contended he respects his younger brother and feels happy for him.

“It makes it really difficult especially when we get to play double together. Things get really awkward. But he’s my brother so have to respect that,” added Tsitsipas.

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Interestingly, the Tsitsipas brothers will play doubles together at the Open 13 tournament in France, which begins tomorrow. The duo is scheduled to play against the doubles team of Harri Heliovaara and Lloyd Glasspool in the first round of the event.

After the tournament, Stefanos will compete at the 2021 Miami Open, a tournament that got suspended last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Big-3 – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic will headline the Miami Open, which starts from the third week of March. At the 2019 Miami Open, Stefanos lost to Denis Shapovalov in an epic fourth-round match.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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