World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas says that he is looking forward to the Tokyo Olympic Games and would love to win a medal at the Games later this year, in an interview with The Times of India. The Greek international, who is currently in Manila for the Davis Cup tie against the Philippines, says, “I’ve been dreaming of something like this happening.
“I’d love to see that. The Olympics means a lot to all Greek people. That’s where the Games come from, Greece is its origin. I’ll just have tears in my eyes if I leave from Tokyo with a medal. I think it’s every athlete’s dream.
“Also it’s just fulfilling in general. It’s a great thing to have. It’s a great milestone, achievement, call it however you like to call it. It is going to be one of the best two weeks of my life in Tokyo.”
Tsitsipas, who recently lost to World No.1 Novak Djokovic at the final of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, says he enjoys competing on the court and playing great tennis. “I really enjoy when I play well on the court, feel well on the court and everything just happens on its own. I don’t have to force myself too much.
“That brings me the biggest joy, when I’m in the court, playing clean, beautiful tennis, playing not just for myself, but also the crowd, giving a really good show. I enjoy that.”
Tsitsipas recently discussed the positive impact of his coaches, particularly his father, on his playing career.
“I have a team that I’ve been working with for a very long time now. They don’t really get that much attention for some reason. But they do a few weeks in a year with me, Grand Slam Masters 1000s. My dad is not my only coach,” he said.
Besides his father, Stefanos Tstispas also receives advice from a few other coaches on the tour. “Also have Kerei Abakar, who was with me in Marseille last week, sitting next to my dad. He’s also my coach when I’m at the academy. A great coach,” he reflected on his title victory in France last month.
Stefanos Tsitsipas Philippines international AJ Lim, 6-2, 6-1, on Friday to gain the early advantage in their Davis Cup World Group II playoff tie at the Philippine Columbian Association’s Plaza Dilao courts in Paco, Manila.