Just like bees suck honey out of the bitterest flower, Stefanos Tsitsipas also believes that his opening round defeat at the US Open 2019 was the best thing that has ever happened to him and sees that loss as an unfortunate event with a positive outcome.

“It was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” Tsitsipas said. “I stayed in New York for six or seven days after and it gave me time to discover new things. It was important for me to enjoy and realize what I needed in my life.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas explains that he took the decision to stay in New York for seven days after his loss in order to live life the way he wants to and not trying to be someone else.

”It was my decision to live life how I wanted to, not how others wanted me to. There was a time last summer when I doubted myself, thought that I wasn’t interesting as a person. I wanted to be someone else, but now I understand that it’s awesome to be myself,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said ahead of the Swiss Indoors Basel, where he is seeded No.3.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas was stunned by Andrey Rublev at the 2019 US Open. Since then, the Greek gun has tasted some success on the ATP Tour. The next-generation star finished runner-up at the China Open 2019 in Bejing, losing to Dominic Thiem in the finals.

The 21-year-old reached the semi-final at the Shanghai Rolex Masters 2019, where he defeated the World No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champion, Daniil Medvedev in the last four.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ results in China helped him clinch his maiden appearance at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, which is scheduled from 10th November to 17th November 2019 at the O2 Arena in London.