From Beijing to Shanghai, Stefanos Tsitsipas's mother gives fans chocolate, water, tickets, even VIP tickets. Asked if she does it only in China or everywhere, the world No. 6 replied: "Everywhere. She's like this.
I tell her sometimes, Mom, relax. I mean, you don't have to do this much. Obviously people appreciate it and love it, but sometimes I feel like -- I don't know, I'm in the locker room and she just brings me balls to sign from people outside.
(Laughter.) I'm, like, Okay, take it easy. No, she is very helpful and makes people feel nice of who they are. She's a provider. People love her. Yeah, she did tell me this morning that people were -- Fognini was passing.
I think he just finished a practice or something, and she was walking towards my practice, and everybody was screaming her name. Fabio was, like, What is happening here? Why is everybody screaming, Mom, mom, mom? That was funny.
Well, I guess, yeah, it is what it is, and I'm really happy, for sure. I'm really happy that she makes people happy." On reaching the ATP Finals in London, Tsitsipas added: "I was a bit surprised when the journalist told me that I qualified.
I didn't think of it when I came out of the court, and it was a good little surprise. Made me feel even better (smiling). It's great. It's sweet (smiling). It's something that I have been trying to get, and it was in my bucket list from the beginning of the year, so I'm glad I secured my spot in the Nitto Finals, and I feel like it's going to be a great show and a great atmosphere for all of us, for all the players that will be competing in that special celebration, special event taking place in London."