Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas loves when his supporters come to support him but also says some of his Greek fans should be more respectful at Melbourne Park. Melbourne has a large Greek community and it was on full display on Monday when sixth-seeded Tsitsipas took on world No.
95 Salvatore Caruso in the Australian Open first round. The 21-year-old Greek made a convincing start to his Australian Open campaign as he saw off the Italian 6-0 6-2 6-3 to set up a second round meeting against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Caruso had no answer for Tsitsipas' game and the Greek's supporters booing him during certain points also didn't help. "I really like they come and support me because that gives me a lot of positives in my game (but) I don’t really know why they want to go the extra mile some of the time," Tsitsipas said post-match, per Reuters.
"I think also, from their side, they should be a little bit more respectful to the opponents." Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Melbourne Park a year ago. "I definitely feel like I’m more experienced now.
Last year I did feel more as a kid who was trying to get confidence by doing certain things on the court,” Tsitsipas claimed. “Now I feel like I’m more mature and more conserved in my thinking. I also think what I feel now compared to before, I’m just very sure with myself. I don’t really doubt myself that much."