Apostolos Tsitsipas recalls night young Stefanos told him he wanted to be tennis pro

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Apostolos Tsitsipas recalls night young Stefanos told him he wanted to be tennis pro

Apostolos Tsitsipas revealed he and Stefanos Tsitsipas were flying back from France to Greece when his son told him he was determined to become a professional tennis player. Tsitsipas, 23, achieved his dream of becoming a pro and for the past few years he has been considered as one of the best players on the tour.

"After winning a tournament in Normandy, I remember the night we flew to Greece, he wasn't sleeping, he was super excited and he came up to me and said he just wanted to play tennis and do nothing else in his life, because he felt so good on a tennis court.

I am a teacher and I have always respected what children say. When they say things like that, they really mean it, deep down inside. My difficulty was rather to bring out the best in him to achieve this dream and this desire he had to play tennis.

That's where it started. Then, in tournaments, in his career, it is very important to have his parents because it is a very difficult life with a lot of travel, week after week. At some point he began to lose sight of what was going on in life.

But with the family, like this week, because we live in the south of France, it's much more comfortable, and he feels at home, it gives him more strength," Apostolos Tsitsipas said, per We Love Tennis.

Tsitsipas starts his clay season well

Tsitsipas, ranked at No.

5 in the world, captured his maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo last year. Last week, Tsitsipas returned to Monte Carlo as the defending champion. On Sunday, Tsitsipas handed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina a 6-3 7-6 (3) loss in the Monte Carlo final to win back-to-back titles in the Principality. Tsitsipas won't have much time to rest as he is also playing at this week's Barcelona Open.