Paula Badosa admits she is "hurt a lot" to see some accusing her of "harming" Stefanos Tsitsipas' career. Badosa and Tsitsipas, who went public with their relationship in early June, have quickly become the most popular tennis couple.
But since starting a relationship with Badosa, Tsitsipas' form and results haven't been the best. That led to some people pointing the finger at Badosa and blaming her for the Greek's results. Badosa picked up a back injury and May and while sidelined and treating her injury, she was also there to support her boyfriend.
"That has hurt me a lot, because, during the all issues with the injury, I have actually been able to dedicate myself quite a bit to helping him. We both love tennis and he is also a super-working person, we are very similar in the goals we set for ourselves.
We talk a lot about tennis and we help each other a lot. As you can see, I have gone to the court to support him or to the gym to accompany him, always respecting the times and his people, his team; He has also supported me a lot with the injury, so when we read those things it impacts us.
Sometimes people are not able to understand how that can affect you, or affect a relationship," Badosa told El Pais.
Badosa 'hurt' to see some comments about her and Tsitsipas
Naturally, Badosa and Tsitsipas' relationship drew lots of attention since they are one of the best players in women's and men's tennis, respectively.
Badosa acknowledges she understands that people may be interested in their relationship but underlines that no one has the right to make comments that may be harmful to the pair. "I can understand that we are public figures and that we are exposed, but in the end we are two 25-year-old and all this is delicate because it is an innocent relationship; We have met and it has happened, and for people to go around saying things is quite serious, because they are destroying the career of someone who has spent his entire life dedicating himself to what he does. I don't think that giving an opinion this way is very humane," Badosa said.