Stefanos Tsitsipas recently opened up about the strong bond he shares with his father, who has been his coach for the entirety of his career.
One thing that will remain the same throughout the Greek's career is the fact that his father, Apostolos Tsitsipas will be his coach. So, with that being said, why is that? Why is Stefanos Tsitsipas so close to his father?
Well, the question is odd because he is his father, so for obvious reasons, they have a close relationship, but in a tennis sense, it's been talked about for a long time. The list of people who think they should split is far longer than those who won't, but it doesn't matter because Tsitsiaps doesn't want it.
He tried it briefly last year, but it didn't work out, and rather quickly, we saw the father back in the picture. Fathers as coaches don't always work. Most of the time, it fails, but their bond is just too strong to toss away. He recently discussed that with ERT News, explaining how their relationship works.
"Me and my father always shared tennis and it was something in common, something of ours. When he's not there, I feel like a part of my identity as a player is lost. There have been times in the past when he wasn't with me and I felt like half a player."
When the Greek explains their relationship in detail, it sounds like a really healthy relationship, both tennis-wise and life-wise. Whether it's true, though, remains to be seen. Results will prove it best.
"Sometimes I may not speak very nicely to him but he is the only one who understands me and is part of the job. The good thing about this is that we can separate the father's work from the coach's."