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
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
It appears that Tsitsipas is a lifelong fan.