Stefanos Tsitsipas: Giannis Antetokounmpo has to be the next James Bond

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas suggests fellow compatriot and NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo could do well in the James Bond role.

James Bond is a fictional character created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953 — a British secret agent working for MI6 under the codename 007.

“Giannis Antetokounmpo has to be the next James Bond,” Tsitsipas tweeted. 

Last year, Tsitsipas and reigning NBA MVP Antetokounmpo spent some quality time in Greece. 

“I had a wonderful time (during his short vacation in Greece). I also got to spend some time with Giannis, who is a great guy. 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. I’d say I admire him a lot and he made me understand him better as a person. It’s the beginning of a new friendship,” Tsitsipas said at the time. 

Tsitsipas explained how he got introduced to Antetokounmpo 

“We got to meet through my friend Manolo (Karalis). His father trained Giannis and his brother Thanasis, and that’s how it all started. Manolo is also an amazing guy, we have known each other for a long time. When I was flying back from Paris, the pilots invited me to the cockpit and Manolo, Giannis and Thanasis called me on FaceTime. It was a lot of fun!”

While together, Tsitsipas and Antetokounmpo escaped going out because they thought they would draw too much attention. 

“We did not go out much, we mainly hung out inside the hotel. It wouldn’t be a very good idea to go out in the center of Athens, although we considered it,” Tsitsipas added. “We had a good time, ate some good food, talked a lot.”

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