World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas used tennis an an escape when Greece started experiencing their worst economic crisis.
Greece’s economic crisis started when Tsitsipas was a kid and Tsitsipas was determined to make it in tennis and make a good life for himself.
“Those bad years are the reason I started playing tennis. I grew up in a complicated situation from which I wanted to escape, I wanted a future for me and my family, I wanted to distance myself from certain cruel judgments that anyone allowed themselves to make. Are you a Greek? And then you are good for nothing. Tennis immediately gave me opportunities, it allowed me to show value. Now my country is better, it has got back on its feet after a disastrous situation, we have not yet completely recovered from the difficulties, but we are recovering. I am proud to be a Greek and I hope to give some satisfaction with my results,” Tsitsipas told La Stampa.
Tsitsipas practicing the minimalism concept
Ahead of his participation at the ATP Finals, Tsitsipas detailed his way into minimalism.
“I’ve been very interested in minimalism in the last couple of years and I’ve been reading interesting books that talk about minimalism and how excess is not necessary to make you feel happy and how less can be more sometimes,” explained Tsitsipas. “I’ve read a lot of things regarding that and that has kind of prompted me to say these kind of things. I think minimalism is a great concept and it works great for me. There are many types of minimalism; it doesn’t mean you have to get rid of every single thing that you own. But for me, decluttering and starting fresh with the types of things that I need in my life has helped me a lot with my struggle with a little bit of anxiety and some other things too.”