In a memorable final of the French Open 2021, Stefanos Tsitsipas was defeated by Novak Djokovic in a hard-fought encounter. The match lasted for as many as 5 sets and even after giving his absolute best, Tsitsipas wasn’t able to cross the line in the final moments of the game.
The Greek tennis star started off in a brilliant fashion. He won the first two sets and evidently, Djokovic was looking a bit tired. Even then, the champion from Serbia made a fantastic comeback and won the game and the French Open 2021 title by 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. However, everyone was moved by the tremendous performance by World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“Life isn’t just about winning or losing”: Tsitsipas
World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas who displayed incredible strength and character on the court in the French Open 2021 final penned an emotional note after the match ended. He claimed that he lost his beloved grandmother just 5 minutes prior to the start of one of the biggest matches of his life.
The supremely talented athlete took to Instagram and wrote, “life isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about enjoying every single moment in life whether that’s alone or with others. Living a meaningful life without misery and abjection. Lifting trophies and celebrating wins is something, but not everything. 5 minutes before entering the court my very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life.”
“A wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met. It’s important to have more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you come alive. They make you dream. I would like to say that regardless of the day, circumstance or situation, this is entirely dedicated to her, and only her. Thank you for raising my father. Without him, this wouldn’t have been possible,” he added.
There is no doubt about the fact that the Greek tennis star stretched the World No. 1 Djokovic as much as he can. He played high quality tennis and despite the family tragedy which took place moments before the match, he not only took the court but almost scripted history as well.