Stefanos Tsitsipas knocks back Maria Sakkari’s Olympics offer for ‘dream with brother’

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Greek tennis champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed that he is unlikely to play mixed doubles with his Greek compatriot, Maria Sakkari at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. 

The 25-year-old and recent winner of the Monte Carlo Masters explained that he has a dream of playing doubles with his brother, Petros Tsitsipas at the Games, and feels that playing all three events [French Open, Olympics doubles and mixed doubles] would be “a bit too much.”

“What I want to do is clear. If I manage to get in the Olympic Games with my brother Petros, I would want to play singles and doubles with him. I would say that playing three events in a single tournament is a bit too much for me, physically taxing, and I would want to avoid that”, Tsitsipas said.

Tsitsipas and Sakkari last played at an Olympic event three years ago in Tokyo, where they reached the quarter-finals. Photo: www.tennis365.com.
Tsitsipas and Sakkari last played at an Olympic event three years ago in Tokyo, where they reached the quarter-finals. Photo: www.tennis365.com.

“I know that it’s the Olympics and it’s a great opportunity to play with Maria, and I completely agree she’s one of the best partners to have in the mixed doubles field. I have had great moments with her. But at the same time, I have a dream with my brother I’d like to share and be one of the very few brothers that have ever played together in the Olympics, especially in tennis.”

Sakkari expressed her wish to still play with Tsitsipas in Paris, but suggested her fellow Greek was unlikely to play with her due to his mentioned commitments.

“Everyone knows how good we can play. It’s a 16-draw, you win two matches you’re in the semis and then you get a chance to win a medal … I just feel like it would be unfortunate if we don’t play together, but it’s his decision. From my side I really want to play,” Sakkari said.

Source: tennis365.com

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