Stefanos Tsitsipas's father Apostolos spoke about his son's beginnings. He said: "For some years in his life, Stefanos played football and tennis at the same time. He was one of the best attackers at his age and he was playing baseball.
At 14 years of age, he stopped playing football and he decided to follow tennis in a more professional way. The reasons were his successes: at 12 he was already Greece's number one. The fact that he played many sports since a young age helped him mentally in the game.
His mother and I set a schedule for him. For a kid of this age, it's not easy to do sacrifices, for example in the summer, not being relaxed playing with his friends on the beach. But he accepted it himself. It was important for him and both of us parents supporting him were important.
His brother was the key too because in tennis you often travel alone which is tricky." Then a disappointment came: "At some point Stefanos said, I want to give up. That was before he made his first steps as a professional and when he understood the differences between playing at a junior and professional level.
He was not able to understand why he was struggling to get good results. I told him to be patient and to learn some secrets in order to deal properly with those situations in the future." On the concept of motivation, he concluded: "If reasons are external, for example, money, fame, I do not think it will last for a long time.
Take Roger Federer for example he is 38 years old, he conquered almost everything and he still plays."