Maria Sakkari was asked to explain about the peacock thing involving her and Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek player said: "It's an inside joke, I can say, between us. That's it, an inside joke." Sakkari believes many things helped her to have success: "I thank my family and Greeks in my native country for having supported me, being with me and giving me some energy.
I also thank my sponsors for being with me since several years now." Sakkari also revealed a conversation she had with her coach several months ago during the clay-court season: "He actually told me that he doesn't really care if I win or lose.
Of course, he prefers me to win. Because I had ups and downs this year, since we started, he said that I want you to do a specific thing for an amount of time. We're getting there. He said that, If you do that, habits will change and things will change in your life and in your career.
You know what, because I chose him as a coach because I trust him, I trust the way he thinks and the way he acts. I said, If he tells me that, I'm going to try it. I think we both did a good job just getting this routine, I would say", she concluded.