Stefanos Tsitsipas Picks Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo as His Favorite Athlete




2020 French Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas has done his nation Greece proud. The honors and achievements earned by him in recent years have been the highest the country has witnessed. Many greats of the game rate him highly and expect him to compete for the biggest feats in our sport. 

Recently, Tsitsipas was doing a question-and-answer round with his followers on Twitter. One question, in particular, caught our eye.

Stefanos was asked who was his favorite Greek athlete, not necessarily a tennis player, and could be from the yesteryears or the present. The World No. 6 answer was his friend and NBA Most Valuable Player, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 17, 2020 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his group stage match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Giannis Antetokounmpo Keep in Touch

The two athletes are quite cordial with each other. In the past, Stefanos has also taken advice from the basketball great. Giannis had said, “Tsitsipas is a terrible child. We talked, he asked me how he could get better. I told him to pay attention to detail because at the end of your career you will want to feel that I continued for 15 years. We have kept in touch and will continue to talk.”

Soon as the 2020 season ended, Tsitsipas headed back home to Greece. He happened to meet and spend some fruitful time with the NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2020.

Recalling his meeting with the NBA Star, Tsitsipas said, “We got to know each other well and I think we will be seeing each other more often in the future. He inspires me and I have already learned so much from him! We discuss the moments we spend on and off the courts, we talk about sports, politics, traveling, everything.”

Coming back to matters on the court, in 2020,  Stefanos Tsitsipas defended his title at the ATP 250 Masters event held in Marseille. Following this, he made it to the semi-finals at Roland Garros. However, he was unable to defend his ATP Masters Finals title. There are expectations from the Greek as we move closer to the new season. 

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