If there is an athlete who shows a great sense of identity for his country and who becomes an icon of it, that is Stefanos Tsitsipas with Greece. The current number 4 of the ATP ranking seeks great success in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021 to reaffirm him as an idol of the masses in his country and make a qualitative leap in his career. Already winner of Masters 1000 and ATP Finals, the Greek seeks to continue expanding his record and what better than an event in which he starts among the favorites and arrives physically and mentally rested after his bad tour on grass and early defeat in Hamburg. In words collected by greekcitytimes.com, he analyzes his feelings prior to the tournament and talks about his first rival, Philipp Kohlschreiber.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to represent my country in an Olympic event. I want to do it in the best possible way, transmit the values that characterize my country and that my compatriots feel as proud of me as I am of playing for them. This competition means a lot to me, we do not usually have many medals and the Greek representatives in tennis have not been abundant. I am very honored to make Greece present in tennis and I consider that the experience we are living here is incomparable with any other “declares a man whose rings have not fallen from playing lower Davis Cup groups in the past with Greece, and who will need his best performance to progress.
Tsitsipas will also play mixed doubles with Maria Sakkari
Questioned by the first stumbling block in his journey, Philipp Kohlschreiber, the Greek did not hesitate to praise the veteran German tennis player. “It’s going to be a nice match, with very interesting setbacks. I’ve already faced him on occasion and I know I have to play aggressive and smart. I love the court, I consider it difficult to find a better setting to play tennis. It is a pity that there is no public, but my mind and my body are prepared to attack the medals “, comments a player who would be a potential opponent of Diego schwartzman in the quarterfinals and Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. We will have to be very attentive to the progression of Stefanos Tsitsipas.