“Terrible Child”: NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Opens up on His Relationship With Stefanos Tsitsipas

Published 12/02/2020, 10:30 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his group stage match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the more impressive prospects that emerged from the new crop of players. Despite the likes of Thiem and Medvedev, World No. 6 Tsitsipas is not far behind. He holds the record for being the youngest player ever to be ranked in the ‘top 10’. 

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Besides tennis, the Greeks are emerging in various sports. In the NBA, Giannis Antetokounmpo has already established himself as an asset to the sport. The 6ft 11inches giant plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. He has already been crowned a 2-time MVP Player of the Year. Recently, while catching up with him, Giannis spoke about his meeting with Stefanos.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Stefanos Tsitsipas (R) of Greece and Roger Federer of Switzerland congratulate each other after Australian Open 2019 Men’s Singles match in Melbourne, Australia on January 20, 2019. Stefanos Tsitsipas won the match with 3-2. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

When Giannis Antetokounmpo told Stefanos Tsitsipas to pay attention to detail

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The NBA star stated, “Tsitsipas is a terrible child. We talked, he asked me how he could get better. I told him to pay attention to detail because at the end of your career you will want to feel that I continued for 15 years. We have kept in touch and will continue to talk.”

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Speaking of Stefanos Tsitsipas, he was first noticed during the 2018 season. Just prior to the US Open that year, the Greek reached the finals at the Rogers Cup. On his road to the final, he beat four ‘top 10’ players. Players like Djokovic, Zverev, Thiem, and Anderson were swept aside by him. 

The following year in 2019, Tsitsipas continued his impressive form and made it to the semi-final at the Australian Open. He ended the year on a high note by winning the season-ending ATP Finals in London. In 2020, there were quite a few obstacles affecting tennis, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Stefanos had his best run at Roland Garros by making it to the semi-finals.

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The former World No. 5 has an aggressive attacking style of play. He is one of the few players in today’s generation to use the single-handed backhand. While playing, it’s a treat watching him play. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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