Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas acknowledged that without winning he would be nobody and that being a tennis star has given him a chance to have a great life. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, made his maiden French Open semifinal, before losing to world No.
1 Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 5, recovered from two sets against Djokovic but the Serb came up big in the fifth set to win 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1. In the third set, Djokovic failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game as Tsitsipas claimed back-to-back breaks to steal the set.
Tsitsipas then won the fourth set after breaking Djokovic in the 10th game but he ran out of gas in the fifth set. "It’s a very good question actually. I was thinking about it the other day. Well, let’s take it this way.
If I wouldn’t win, if I wouldn’t be winning, I wouldn’t be part of what I am now. I wouldn’t be part of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. I wouldn’t be, let’s call it, a celebrity in my country.
No one would knew me. It’s all because of winning, of succeeding, managing to find ways to win matches," Tsitsipas explained, when asked why winning or losing means so much to him, per Tennis Majors.
Tsitsipas says not hating losing is weird
"I wouldn’t make money from tennis.
I don’t know what I would be doing, but tennis wouldn’t be part of my life. Winning has provided a lot. Of course, good ways and bad ways. There are some deficits. Yeah, without winning, I wouldn’t have my sponsors.
Without winning, I wouldn’t be traveling all around the world. Losing kind of keeps you in the same place, in the same spot, which is why I hate losing. Of course, I think everyone hates losing. It’s weird if you don’t hate losing," Tsitsipas noted.
"But I guess a loss is a very good lesson where life puts a stop at what you’re doing. You can reflect on that. You can grow. You can get better. You can take that loss and turn it around, use it as a life lesson to move forward, to become a stronger person."
Tsitsipas served out the opening game of the decider, before Djokovic won six games in a row to clinch the win in style. "Yeah, as you saw, it was a good comeback, and I think I played great tennis after that, except the fifth set, which I believe my body was not ready. Physically I wasn’t really there present," Tsitsipas said.