Stefanos Tsitsipas: Flex culture is killing us

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: Flex culture is killing us

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas believes that flex culture is "killing" today's society. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 3 in the world, insists that buying luxurious and expensive stuff isn't everything in life and suggested that practicing the right values and being grateful is something that everyone should try.

"Flex culture is killing us," Tsitsipas wrote on Instagram. "We live in a world where status is defined by wearing logos and driving sports cars. Somehow always able to afford the latest 'Sneaker Drop'

"We look at the people who are succeeding in life, oftentimes for their tremendous capabilities and think that maybe we can settle for just their lifestyles. "This flex culture is keeping the middle class living paycheck to paycheck.

"Our brains don’t seem to have an automatic 'enough' switch. Which requires the manual engagement of something called gratitude. When practising gratitude, it’s important to be thankful not just for your material possessions, but also your abilities.

"Let’s start celebrating those who invest, who save money, who have simple clothes and provide for their family. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."

Tsitsipas' Paris campaign ended on a disappointing way

Tsitsipas retired his Paris opener to Alexei Popyrin after just six games played due to a shoulder injury. "I have not retired once in my life, and it was something I had to do today," Tsitsipas said of retiring in Paris.

"I'm trying to be cautious for the next tournament, which is the most important one for me. I have had an issue there for quite a while now. It has gotten bigger in the past couple of weeks, so I'm trying to protect my body.

I felt the pain playing in the match, and I did not want it to get worse. "I know how to treat it, but playing every day and going out on the court practicing does not make it better. It's not easy to stop, especially at the important tournament that I wanted to win.

It hurts a lot not to play at the level that I'm expected to. I'm going for the best treatment and advice, as I would do anything to recover and play at 100% again."