Australian Open

Tsitsipas reveals he's a massive Serena fan

2019-01-16 07:49
Serena Williams. (Supplied)

Melbourne - Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas lavished bucket loads of praise upon American superstar Serena Williams after his 4-set opening round Australian Open win in Melbourne.

After practicing with Williams after the recent Hopman Cup he was suitably impressed.

"She was practicing really good. I would probably say even better than some of the male players I've been practicing with. She's not easy."

Tsitsipas was also impressed with some of the off-court qualities she brought as well.

"She's a very interesting person, very open-minded, I would say."

"She had lots of topics when we'd sit down to drink water."

What exactly did Tsitsipas find special about Serena?

"Her attitude. She has a different approach than any female players I have met."

"She has a lot of confidence in herself. Like she really knows what she's doing on and off the court."

His compliments did not end there.

"She's a lovely person outside the court. Just this attitude that she has of hating to lose."

"That's what makes her a great champion."

Serena did not back down during their practice session.

"Even during practice, she really wanted to do better than me."

"That was unusual to see from a female player."

It appears that Tsitsipas is a lifelong fan.

 

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