Stefanos Tsitsipas: I was destined to play tennis, many players are ungrateful

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas insists he always knew he wanted to become a professional tennis player and today he is grateful that his dream came true. 

Tsitsipas, 23, turned professional in 2016 and for the past few seasons he has been one of the best players on the Tour. 

“Tennis is my passion and is something that I always wanted to be professionally involved with,” Tsitsipas admitted. “It’s great, you know. Everyone has their goals, and everyone has their own aspirations of what they want to become in life. Sometimes it can get difficult: Lots of traveling, lots of staying in hotel rooms and stuff. But there is a lot of excitement behind all of this, there is a lot of a thrill that comes with it.”

Tsitsipas feels many players are ungrateful 

“I don’t feel many players feel grateful: Some players have said they do it for financial reasons, other players say they do it because they have nothing else to do, or tennis chose them most importantly,” Tsitsipas said.

Tsitsipas, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world, thinks he was destined to play tennis and he admits he can’t see himself doing anything else than playing tennis. 

Tsitsipas’ family has always been a big part of his career as he is coached by his father Apostolos. 

“I would describe it as like: I guess I was destined to play tennis and I don’t see myself doing anything else. I have accepted that, my family has been involved in tnat and that is one more thing to be grateful for… I’m very happy to have met all of you guys and still have those interactions with you. You make the sport better as well,” Tsitsipas said. 

Tsitsipas fell just short of winning his maiden Grand Slam title this past March as he blew a two-set lead against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.