Stefanos Tsitsipas: I'd like to have career as long as Roger Federer's

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: I'd like to have career as long as Roger Federer's

Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas claims he has no problems with being a big celebrity in his country and dealing with all the publicity that comes along. Tsitsipas, 22, is one of the most talented and promising players on the Tour and for sure one of the best Greek athletes.

Tsitsipas proudly represents Greece wherever he goes and he is respected for doing so. “No, I don’t have a problem with it. If you look at it from the bright side, you find that people support and respect you for what you have accomplished.

It’s nice to receive love for something you have created from scratch,'' Tsitsipas told Greek magazine DownTown, as revealed on Tennis Majors.

Tsitsipas insists no need for a thick skin

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one of the most criticised players on the Tour and recently he said he has developed a ''thick skin'' and can withstand criticism.

“I have no reason to develop a thick skin. I’m authentic, I think people understand that,'' Tsitsipas insisted. I don’t try to pretend or do something that does not express me and is not part of my personality.

There are players who have been criticised for that and I don’t think it’s unfair, especially when it comes from a large part of the audience. I believe people want honesty…”. Tsitsipas is only 22 and he aims to play until his forties.

“No one knows what will happen until then, but I would like a career like Roger Federer,'' Tsitsipas revealed. ''I don’t mean what he has achieved, I mean I would like to have a career as long as his.

My goal is to create the best possible memories and moments on and off the court. My hope is that when I look back to those moments, they will bring me joy and I will feel that I gave it my best, that I had the opportunity to learn something new and to mature as an athlete, every day”.