Stefanos Tsitsipas, 23, took some time to reflect on how far he has come after winning back-to-back Monte Carlo titles. When Tsitsipas was six, his mother took him to Monte Carlo. 17 years later, Tsitsipas is a tennis superstar and a two-time Monte Carlo champion.
"[Monte-Carlo] is the first event I ever attended as a six-year-old kid. Not in a million years would I have thought I’d be in the position I am today, it is remarkable," Tsitsipas said, per Sportskeeda. "I’d like to thank my team for helping me work towards my dreams – our dreams - together”.
Tsitsipas defends his Monte Carlo title
Last year, Tsitsipas won his maiden Masters title after beating Andrey Rublev in the final.
This year, Tsitsipas returned to Monte Carlo and defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the final to win back-to-back titles in the Principality. "This has been an incredible event," Tsitsipas said. "I had the chance to win it last year – of course without a crowd – so I can say, I don't think I've ever experienced a more special event in my career so far.
It holds a special place in my heart." Tsitsipas, who has become a strong force on clay, is hoping to deliver the same level of consistency on hard and grass. “I’m always trying to bring the best I can from clay and adjust accordingly to the other surfaces.
I really want to be doing well on hard and grass this year, because I feel like I can really get a lot of points there,” Tsitsipas said. “If I'm able to win matches with the same consistency I do on this surface, I think I have a big chance of finishing the year [in] the top two, which is a huge goal of mine to be finally there and belong in that special group of players”.