Sakkari: 'I had fun with Stefanos Tsitsipas at Hopman Cup. In Tokyo...'


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Sakkari: 'I had fun with Stefanos Tsitsipas at Hopman Cup. In Tokyo...'

Maria Sakkari was asked if she has ever talked about winning some mixed doubles tournaments together with his compatriot Stefanos Tsitsipas. "As long as I remember, no. We always were joking about playing Hopman Cup together.

I think we achieved that. We really had fun. But I don't remember if we had any conversation about winning tournaments together. It looked pretty far", said Sakkari, who plans to partner up with Tsitsipas in the Tokyo Olympics: "Of course.

I think we're also entered as a team. I saw all the Greek athletes, the list they send us with the Greek athletes, the sports that are participating. So we are entered. I mean, okay, I think we have to be very unlucky, either have an injury or something."

Sakkari also reflected on the challenges of coming from Greece: "I'm talking about the Greek tennis players, we never got any money from our federation. When other countries were having tournaments, money, wildcards, many things we didn't have.

I was very lucky to have the parents that I have so they could support me. My dad was working day in, day out to support me and my brother and my sister, giving us the best. Giving me my tennis career, giving my brother his studies, and my sister as well.

I have to say, then I got some good results, some good sponsors, that they're still here with me. That was actually the support that I got. I'm very grateful for that."